War in Ukraine, Presidential Campaign, Corsica: Editor’s Choice Transcription

As Franceinfo reports in its editorial line about the very dense news of this period. How are decisions made? This is what this meeting of the Radio France antenna broker with Emmanuelle Daviet every Sunday deciphers. Today, Franceinfo Deputy Editor-in-Chief Mathieu Mondoloni is answering listeners’ questions.

Many posts about the war in Ukraine. Listeners applaud the excellent coverage by Franceinfo and the special envoys. Other listeners tell us that they understand the absolute need to deal with this news, however, regretting that it, in their opinion, suppresses the rest of the information and, in particular, the presidential campaign.

Emmanuel Davieu: Do you think this remark is justified? And how does arbitrage happen to process one piece of information more than another?

Matthew Mondoloni: It’s justified. Obviously, when an event occurs that is rushed, the war in Ukraine was something unprecedented, incredible, very powerful, very disturbing and very disturbing. We are not going back there. We were indeed in the special edition for several hours, even several days, on the franceinfo antenna, because it was about being at the meeting place of this event once again.

And we have wonderful journalists, technical specialists who have been working in this area ever since. We actually bring this conflict to life in an oversized way, but because it’s worth it, I repeat. The rest fades into the background, and this is sometimes all our difficulty, besides, to go down a little when events allow it. But we know that there were regular shellings, there have been more recently, there is a theater in Mariupol, which was shelled with civilians inside.

So, this intensity comes back quite regularly. So obviously it’s haunting other news a bit. However, we try to keep them. Moreover, we follow the presidential debates, but they themselves are not erased by Franceinfo, but by the candidates themselves, who feel themselves involved in this event. And we see it in pre-election debates and in pre-election debates. So we are both an image of society, so to speak. We also reflect what is happening there, there are a little less other topics. However, they are always included, especially in newspapers, in the half-hour news that can be heard on the air. We maintain our diversity.

Emmanuel Daviet: We continue the message about the pronunciation of the name of the Ukrainian capital. Many posts look like this.

“I hear many journalists say “Kyiv”, but the Ukrainians asked us to say “Kyiv” and not “Kyiv”. Kyiv is the name given by Russia historically, Kyiv is the name of the Ukrainians. I think the resistance also comes through language and language.”

So, in Franceinfo you have arranged an arbitration. What it is?

Matthew Mondoloni : Let me remind you that Kyiv in French, “Kyiv”, is not only among Russians. Obviously it comes from Russian, and in Ukraine there are so many people who speak Russian that there is a linguistic similarity between them. But in France we say “Kyiv” and the Quai d’Orsay says “Kyiv” and we keep saying it.

Then we had no problems with Kiev at all, and in other places it was the other way around. You can hear it, dear listeners, on the Franceinfo antenna, we explain why. Because there are many people who do not know what it is, if we say “Kyiv”, we explain, we say it. On the other hand, we did not use only this word in the Ukrainian language, simply because, indeed, and the listener correctly remembered it, this is a sign of resistance, and that we are not in resistance.

We are journalists, and I remind you, although it may sometimes be shocking, in a position of complete neutrality, objectivity in relation to this conflict, we speak the truth, this is what makes us authoritative. We say “Kyiv”, we explain why we can say “Kyiv”, but we do not take sides.

Emmanuel Daviet: At the beginning of the week we received messages about Ivan Colonna, messages that went in the same direction. Here is what the listener writes.

“I am surprised that Ivan Kolonna is regularly presented as a separatist leader or qualified as a nationalist militant. It seems that he is in prison as a political prisoner. However, he is in prison for the murder of the prefect of the republic. “

Mathieu Mondoloni, does this remark seem justified to you?

But then again, maybe we could only occasionally use the term militant nationalist leader? I do not think. In fact, he is not a leader, he is the one who is in prison because he is a murderer. He was tried three times, we recall, in the first instance on appeal, in cassation, he was systematically convicted for the murder of Prefect Claude Erignac. Many times it was pointed out, “the killer of the prefect of Erignac, Ivan Colonna”, “the killer of the prefect of Erignac”, “the militant of the nationalists.”

But then it’s always the same. As a journalist, you sometimes also try to diversify how you represent people. And in this case, he is also a nationalist militant. I hear the comments of the listeners, and I hear something that can shock. But here, too, we are in a position of objectivity, and we give and define man in relation to what he is. She is also the assassin of Prefect Erignac. She is both a nationalist activist. She and a man who is in prison and who is in a coma today.

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