"We do not have the same reading of the law. "It is with this principle that the director of human resources Mondadori Group, Fabienne Mercier de Luze, justified to all trade unionists, last week in the social and economic committee, that the 500 journalists paid freelance are excluded from the assignment clause. When a newspaper changes hands, this clause allows journalists who are not in agreement with the new management to leave with compensation. In a statement, the inter-union CGT-SNJ-CFDT-CGC-FO denounced this sleight of hand: "In case of assignment of a newspaper or periodical, the assignment clause, governed by Article L .7112-5 of the Labor Code, concerns all professional journalists. Including, therefore, those who are paid freelance. Dominique Carlier, of the CGT, also insists on the illegality of this process. The inter-union, he says, has from the outset contacted the public authorities, the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Culture, which "remain silent" for the moment. Mondadori, owned by the Berlusconi family, has just sold its magazine press group (which includes among others the French hunter, Science and life, Here …) for 70 million euros. IT. C.