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Germany may have a strong female figure at the head of its government, but when it comes to the newsroom, the balance of power is heavily tipped in favour of men

This is the complaint or Pro Quote, a new campaign in Germany, which calls for a quota to be imposed on newsrooms to ensure that at least 30% of executive positions are held by women.

"At Germany's roughly 360 daily and weekly newspapers, only 2% of the editors-in-chief are women," states the petition, which also points out that of the country's 12 public radio directors, only three are female.

The petition calls for 30% of top positions "at every level of the hierarchy" to be filled by women within five years.

Pro Quote already has 700 signatories, many of whom already work for well-know media outlets such as Spiegel, Die Zeit and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. The first 210 names are accompanied by pictures and comments on the campaigns website. An article in the Guardian names Anne Will, one of Germany's most well-know political TV presenters, Sandra Maischberger, another prominent TV host, and Dagmar Engel, editor in chief of Deutsche Welle, as supporters of the campaign.


Hannah Vinter


2012-02-28 18:17

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