In order to support freelance journalists hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis, the Government has created €29.5 million in financial assistance over two years.
For freelancers who have experienced a decrease in activity, a first application campaign took place between September 30, 2021 and November 15, 2021 to offset a share of the losses in freelance income incurred between 2019 and 2020. 1,107 applications have been submitted and 594 freelancers will benefit from the assistance, which will be paid before the end of 2021.
However, a number of freelancers affected by losses of freelance income were not able to benefit from this exceptional aid because they did not meet the eligibility requirements. This is why the Ministry of Culture has decided, in conjunction with journalists' unions and the association Profession pigiste, to relax the eligibility conditions of the scheme and the methods of calculation of the aid base.
Decree no. 2021-1795 amending Decree no. 2021-1175 of 10 September 2021 instituting exceptional assistance for freelance journalists who have experienced a decrease in activity due to the Covid-19 crisis was published on 23 December 2021. It makes it possible, on the one hand, to remove any condition relating to the reduction in the applicant’s reference household tax income in order to determine the eligibility of the latter and, on the other hand, to disregard income replacement (unemployment benefits, partial activities, daily allowances) in calculating the base.
Thus, as of 1er In February 2022, an additional campaign will be launched and the online platform will reopen until March 15, 2022.. It will investigate the cases of freelance journalists who were declared ineligible during the first campaign and who suffered freelance losses between 2019 and 2020.
A second campaign will be launched in May 2022, which will allow freelance journalists who suffered freelance income losses in 2021 (still compared to 2019) to submit their applications for assistance.