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“warning- The radio lies”
(May 27 or June 5) – Ecole des Arts Décoratifs

In 1968 the only French-based radio or TV news in France was the state-run broadcaster, the ORTF (Office de Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française) which had a total monopoly on national broadcasting. The only competition was from radio stations like Radio Luxembourg which broadcast into France from neighbouring countries.

From the beginning of May the government put strict controls on the ORTF’s coverage of the events on the streets. Then on May 25 the ORTF workers joined the general strike. From that day onwards the ORTF was run directly by the government – and its news broadcasts lost any remnant of objectivity.

Hence this poster!

Black screen-print on newsprint
46.5cm x 58cm

Documented in: Gasquet p. 120; Beaubourg #87; Wlassikoff p. 100; Camard #175; Artcurial #521; Dobson #78 ; Les Affiches #222; Peters #182 ; Beauty #30 ; Mesa p79 ; Murs #102

Online References:

ENSBA # 10529

Zurich Museum of Design

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