Newspaper company Norrbottens Media told staff on Tuesday it was cutting positions at three of its news outlets in an effort to reduce costs.
Swedish Radio’s local channel in Norrbotten country reports that the company is letting go 18 employees from newspapers Norrländska Socialdemokraten and Norrbotten Kuriren as well as television station 24 Norrbotten.
All photographers from both papers will be laid off and photos will be handled by freelance photographers and remaining journalists.
“It is absolutely the saddest day in 30 years,” Tommy Lundqvist, chairman for the local chapter of the Swedish Journalists Union.
Negotiations on the layoffs will begin on Wednesday.
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