The demonstrators who denounced the cuts to TVA Est-du-Québec gathered at the Place des Anciens-Combattants.
The objective is to raise awareness among the population, because I think there was a lack of information on that front, explains Carl Beaudoin, provincial president of the TVA Employees Union.
He adds that these cuts will make it difficult to cover regional issues over such a vast territory.
To think that journalistic coverage will be done with six people, [including] two cameramen, is very worrying for the quality of information in the region, explains the representative.
The citizens present also wanted to offer their support to the employees who will be laid off.
I am very concerned about regional information. The regions, we have the right to have information, and there, we will be deprived, and the more we are going to cut, it [will have] the effect of putting us in a certain ignorance. Access to information is a right.
A quote from Solange Tremblay, citizen of Rimouski
For Jamal Kazi, another protester from Rimouski, news about the region covered in major centers risks distorting reality.
It is important to have a local and regional perspective on what is happening in the region and that it is not filtered, he maintains. It's not that journalists from Quebec and Montreal don't do a good job, but our perspective is important.
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