AN ABERYSTWYTH University student will go without food for seven days as part of a campaign for Wales to have powers over broadcasting.
The Cambrian News reported “Elfed Wyn Jones, 20, will start his fast on Tuesday and will continue until the following Tuesday, 27 February.
Elfed’s protest comes as a report of an independent review of the Welsh-language S4C station is set to be released.
A petition with over a thousand names calling for the responsibility for S4C to be moved from London to Cardiff was presented during the review.
Campaigners say that more than 50 people are currently refusing to pay for their TV licence as part of the campaign to devolve broadcasting powers to the National Assembly.
Elfed, who is studying for a degree in Aberystwyth University but continues to work on the family farm in Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd, during his course, said he is “very concerned about something important that is lacking in Welsh politics”.
“We as a country can’t move towards our goals without voices that are critical of our government, but that also explain to us how the system works, noting what is devolved and the things that are not,” he said.
“We don’t see the Welsh perspective in our news and on our television stations.
“This is also a barrier to the development of channels and streams to develop more Welsh-language channels and stations, and the lack of respect for the language by the BBC is glaringly obvious.
“I hope that my action will show just how serious the need for Wales to have control over broadcasting is.
“The time has come to devolve broadcasting to Wales so that we can shape our own system” here.