“The Police at the ORTF are Police at your house”
(3 June 1968 – Atelier Populaire)
Blue screen-print on newsprint (no stamp)
46 x 74 cm
Gasquet p. 122 ; Dobson #84 ; UUU p. 80 ; Beaubourg #78 ; Imagination #19 ; Wlassikoff p. 101 ; Camard #169a ; Artcurial #518 ; Les Affiches #213, Beauty #195 ; Mesa p85 ; Murs #105 ; Chartres #32 ; Paris p71
“The Police Speak to You Every Evening at 8pm” (
École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs)
Red screenprint on poster paper
46cm x 62cm
Gasquet p. 122; Beaubourg #63 ;Wlassikoff p. 102 ; Camard #180 ; Imagination #45; Artcurial #354 ; Dobson #83 ; UUU p. 83 ; Peters #186 ; Beauty #82+117b ; Paves ; Mesa p85 ; Murs #103 ; Paris p73
“No [censorship] for a Population of Adults – Independence & Autonomy of the ORTF”
(May 24th 1968 – Jean Effel)
Colour offset/lithograph on semi-gloss poster paper
60 x 80cm
Gasquet p.123; Beaubourg #75; Imagination #66; Camard #196a; Artcurial #522; Tchou ; Beauty #135 ; Paves ; Murs #95; Les Affiches #217
Bienecke: BrSides Folio 2009 35
ENSBA # 10798.
Zurich – 64-0728
The disturbances at the ORTF
on strike including:
– Leon ZITRONE
– F. de Closet
– F. POTTECHER
Fighting for an
For the Freedom of information
For Union Freedom
Marie Thérese EYQUEM
“Socialism in Freedom”
Invites you to participate in a large debate
MONDAY 17 JUNE at 8:45pm
ECOLE DE GARÇONS, 40 Bd. DIDEROT
OF THE O.R.T.F.
Thursday 13 June 7pm-12pm
The television and radio news which you watch and listen to are even more biased than before. These news reports are lying.
The staff on strike at the O.R.T.F. refute them. It is impossible for them to inform you over the airwaves. This is why they have resolved to practise direct information.
COME TO THE FREE SHOW THE O.R.T.F. OFFER TO YOU
FROM 7PM TO 12PM
MUTUALITE : VARIETY SHOW, with Raymond DEVOS etc
PLEYEL : CONCERT, with the Orchestra and Choir of the O.R.T.F.
The artists and the presenters of the O.R.T.F., Producers, Directors, Journalists, and Technicians will answer your questions.
We want: – freedom of information and expression
– independence from the government, whatever it’s [composition]
YOU ARE THE RADIO and THE TELEVISION!
UNION OF THE O.R.T.F.
116 Quai du President Kennedy, Paris 16
What is happening at the O.R.T.F.?
The television is on strike
France-Inter is on strike
THE ARMY AND THE POLICE HAVE BESIEGED THE TRANSMITTERS.
The pictures that you see, the news reports that you hear, are no longer ours, but THOSE OF THE GOVERNMENT. All the staff of the O.R.T.F. are on strike.
For impartial NEW REPORTS, honest and complete.
For INDEPENDENCE from the government, whatever it’s [composition].
For quality programmes.
THE FIGHT OF THE O.R.T.F. ON STRIKE IS THAT OF THE WHOLE COUNTRY.
The O.R.T.F. is on strike
The journalists of the radio and television explain it to you:
More than 12,000 technicians, workers, employees, journalists, filmmakers and presenters have stopped work. They want to serve the 30 million listeners and viewers and not partisan propaganda. The O.R.T.F. must be a true reflection of France and the French, what they do, think, like and desire. This is also what was provided for by the Act of 27 June 1964 on the status of the ORTF which assigned to the Office of French Radio and Television, “objectivity and accuracy of information, giving the ability for large currents of opinion to express themselves through it.”
The journalists of the radio and television, intend to practise our profession freely. We have always sought to do so. But the pressures of the government and the management of the ORTF, chosen by that government, are depriving you of some of the information we gathered for you.
A serious crisis has broken out in the country. Aware of our obligations to you, we have done everything to keep you informed until the day we were totally prevented.. We then refused to provide a truncated newscast and together we protested by stopping work.
Today the problem is posed. The O.R.T.F. must be independent from any government or any party. It is not yet so:
— its board of directors is appointed by the government,
— As its CEO,
— the heads of radio and television are, in fact, appointed in the same manner.
The O.R.T.F. remains the government’s own
The government can:
— cancel a show like “The camera explores time” against the will of viewers,
— sack journalists respected by the public
— censor broadcasts like the sequence in “Panorama” on the student movements,
— in place of commentary made in the world of the workers, peasants or the university, substitute official statements on the same subject …
— divert attention from the French internal situation, to the problems of other countries …
— give the airtime to the majority, refusing it to the opposition and even to public opinion.
This will continue as long as the O.R.T.F. is submitted to the government. This will be so regardless of which government [is in power].
To change this, to ensure the French full and impartial information, the staff of the O.R.T.F propose a statute that provides for:
— the appointment of the management of the Office by representatives of all the forces of the Nation,
— the possibility for all groups: political, union, economic, philosophical or religious to appeal to a council of arbitration in the case of a breach of objectivity.
This statute is realistic : lawyers have studied it, and political groups, trade unions, cultural associations have given it their support. There will be a bill, the Members of Parliament elected by you will be asked to vote on it.
So demand of your candidates, of your associations, of your unions, that they take a stand. This battle concerns you all. The strikers of the O.R.T.F. are fighting for you, they need you.
“ORTF Freedom, ORTF Truth” Jean Banzaine
Colour offset/lithograph on heavy poster paper
58 x 80cm
Online References: Bienecke: BrSides Folio 2008 161