Thursday, 30 November 2017

PETITION TO SAVE "NUNTII LATINI"

Please consider signing the petition to save Nuntii Latini, the world's only weekly Latin language news broadcast. 

We forward to you an appeal issued by Tuuli Ahlholm:

"May I draw your attention to a petition that is being circulated against the cancellation of Nuntii Latini. As I'm sure most of you know, Nuntii Latini is a weekly news bulletin in Latin. It has been made for 28 years by the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) and broadcasted on national radio every Friday at 18:15. Every episode is made available online with vocabulary glossary in English, German, and Finnish, which has made it a very popular teaching tool all over the world. The past episodes are available here.


The programme is now in danger of getting cancelled permanently and against the wishes of the long-standing team behind it. The reason is - as it always tends to be - budget cuts; but, as the programme costs next to nothing to make, the decision seems especially unfair. The article about the cancellation can be found on YLE’s website.

We, the undersigned, believe that the discontinuation of Nuntii Latini is extremely short-sighted.Nuntii Latini has done invaluable work in keeping a ‘dead’ language current, vivid, and creative for every new generation of Latinists. It is one of the very few existing platforms for Neo-Latin - perhaps only the Vatican can boast of a more substantial outreach impact today! During its 28 years, Nuntii Latini has come to be a source of pride for a small Northern nation: an internationally recognised bastion of Finnish classical learning and our common European heritage. The cancellation of a cultural institution like Nuntii Latini feels particularly misguided now in December 2017, when Finnish culture and science is being celebrated all over the world in recognition of Finland’s 100th year of independence (6.12. 1917). 

The petition has already collected some 1,000 signatures from Latinists all over the world - but the more the better, of course. The petition can be found here in Latin, English, and Finnish." 

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