Fairfax Media journalists in Australia on strike

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Journalists at the Sydney Morning Herald, the Melbourne Age and the Australian Financial Review went on strike yesterday following owner Fairfax Media’s plan to cut 550 jobs including 180 journalists.

The strike will last until Monday, but chief executive David Kirk said that the newspapers will be published as normal over the weekend.

The cuts included former Observer editor Andrew Jaspan being sacked after four years as editor of The Age in Melbourne.

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