“The decision was made in less than five minutes”says on Tuesday 13 September on franceinfo, Vincent Vibert, director of Journal of Réunion. The newspaper is the first headline to make the decision to boycott the FIFA World Cup organized in Qatar from 28 November to 18 December 2022. It is “the daily sports department that has proposed to take a strong position in line with our values, of respect, especially since we are celebrating the 46th anniversary of the newspaper”And “even if France are world champions, we will not pass on the sporting result”.
franceinfo: What prompted you to make this decision?
Vincent Vibert: This topic came from the daily sports department, which asked us how to approach this information in relation to environmental issues, human rights and freedom of expression. He proposed to take a strong position, in line with our values, of respect, especially as we are celebrating the 46th anniversary of the newspaper. The decision was made in less than five minutes. We said to ourselves: we are totally boycotting the event because today, for us, this event catalyzes all the issues I have told you about. And in 2022 it is unacceptable and we have decided to make this decision.
In the spotlight this Tuesday 13 September 2022
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Why did he not boycott the Beijing Olympics, for example because of the oppression against the Uighurs?
It is not the country that we boycott because in the world, which country would be perfect? The world has changed since the last Olympics, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic, we can see that there is an acceleration of climate problems and this World Cup is catalyzing everything that is no longer acceptable in today’s world.
“It is the way in which this event is organized that is not normal and that we wish to denounce”.Vincent Vibert, editor of the Daily Reunion
I think it is the role of the media and the press to open these debates and raise awareness. After the newspaper came out this [mardi] in the morning there were reactions on social media and I can say that they are 95% positive. There is support and a favorable reception for a news organization to make this decision.
Imagine France find themselves in the final and win the competition, won’t there be a word in your newspaper?
There will not be a word on the entire sporting event and we will not have any advertising revenue related to the World Cup. We will not accept it. We will not convey any arguments on the sporting aspect, instead we will be able to convey the sides of the event. Even if France are world champions, we will not pass on the sporting result. The press is going through complicated times, maybe we will win readers who join our efforts. We’ll see if there is a real impact on sales, but at some point on moral and value issues we need to dissociate things from the economic side.
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