IFJ and AJI hosted a two-day safety workshop in Bali, Indonesia in December 2016 bringing together journalists from Eastern Indonesia (c) AJI
# Editorial – IFJ Newsletter - March  2017
Women make up only 24% of those seen, heard or read about it the news, according to the Global Media Monitoring Project’s 2015 report. How can we justify these dramatic results while women make up about half of the world’s population and are active at all levels of political and economic power in our societies? Several initiatives intend to respond to women’s invisibility in the news by developing databases of women experts. This is the case of the MedMedia project – in which the IFJ is central. More
Anthony Bellanger
IFJ General Secretary
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A word from our President-
One cent
IFJ member unions expect a lot from their Federation. And rightly so. But, like its affiliates, the IFJ cannot fight for its members’ rights without the financial resources gathered from its affiliates. For IFJ member unions, this contribution to the common effort is the payment of their fees. In these difficult times, such payments may be problematic - but they are essential. More
Philippe Leruth
IFJ President

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#Global news
Watch your back, get insured

Wherever your story takes you, make sure you are insured! The IFJ has worked with "Insurance for Journalists" to provide ALL journalists travelling to ANY region in the world with an insurance scheme at very competitive prices. IPC holders get 10% discount.Tell your members! More
The Story behind Killings – IFJ’s in-depth Report on Media Workers Killed in 2016
IFJ's 26th report on journalists and media professionals killed in the course of their work in 2016 lists details of 93 media professionals killed in work-related incidents last year, a decrease compared to the 2015 figure of 112 killings. The publication also contains a safety analysis of each of the IFJ regions. More
Safety Fund update
Since the start of 2017, the IFJ Safety Fund has already paid out over 4.000 Euros in humanitarian relief to journalists and their union in Yemen. More
#Regional news
North America- President Trump, let the press do its job

IFJ raised its concerns over a series of attacks against the press by U.S. President Donald Trump. Read more here, here and here.
US President-elect Donald Trump answers journalists questions during a press conference on January 11, 2017 in New York.© DON EMMERT / AFP
Asia-Pacific Safety workshop in Indonesia
IFJ and AJI (Indonesia) hosted a two-day safety workshop in Bali, Indonesia in December 2016. The workshop brought together journalists from Eastern Indonesia to discuss the challenges they face in reporting, and provided them with practical safety skills. The workshop included a training component from HART International. Watch the video AJI Denpasar made from the training here
Asia-Pacific #BringThemHere 
MEAA (Australia) and the IFJ have launched a global campaign calling for the resettlement of three Iranian asylum seekers in Australia. The trio,  journalist Behrouz Boochani, performer Mehdi Savari, and cartoonist Eaten Fish, have been at the Manus Island Processing Centre, on behalf of the Australian Government for several years. Join the campaign here
Africa  Togo: Wave of attacks against the press
Several attacks against Togolese press have raised our concerns, including the torture of a journalist by police forces on 7th February and the closure of 2 broadcasters on 6th February.
Pitang Tchalla, head of the High Authority for the Audiovisual sector ( HACA)  © ISSOUF SANOGO AFP
Africa  Ivory Coast: six journalists arrested
Six journalists have been arrested and detained on 12 February for allegedly publishing information about a contract between the government and special forces unit. IFJ denounces "baseless" arrests.
Ivorian journalists walk past newspapers displayed in a street as they take part in a march in Abidjan on May 3, 2016 on World Press Freedom day © Sia KAMBOU / AFP
Africa The Gambia: three radio stations closed
Taranga FM, Hill Top FM, and Afri Radio were closed down on  1st and  2nd December 2016 by the National Intelligence Agency without explanation. The move is part of a renewed crackdown on independent media in The Gambia that has led to a series of arrests among the press corps.  
People wearing t-shirts reading "We are all Gambian" demonstrate in Dakar against alleged human rights violations in Gambia © AFP Photo/Seyllou
Europe -  #MediaAgainstHate: EFJ launches Europe-wide campaign to counter hate speech in the media
To counter hate speech and discrimination in the media fair and balanced reporting is needed more than ever. The campaign includes a web site, training, workshops and a video contest. More
Europe - 15 points to improve working conditions for journalists in Western Balkans and Turkey
EFJ and APJA (Albania) organised on 19 December in Tirana (Albania) a train the trainers workshop in the framework of the  project Building Trust in media in South East Europe and Turkey.
Europe - French media targeted in French presidential election
IFJ and its French affiliates SNJ, SNJ-CGT and CFDT strongly condemn attacks targeting the media following the Penelopegate scandal. More
Arab World and Middle East Palestine: adoption of media reform policy
Key media stakeholders adopted a wide-ranging policy paper on media reform on 17 February. The reform aims at updating media legislation and raising ethical standards in journalism. More
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Arab World and Middle EastSudan signs Declaration on Media Freedom in the Arab World
Sudan is the fourth Arab country to sign the Declaration after Palestine, Tunisia and Jordan. "We are confident that adopting the Declaration will help in opening a new chapter in relations between the state and the media sector in Sudan" said IFJ.  
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Arab World and Middle EastNEW! IFJ web site  in Farsi
 IFJ launched a new section in Farsi in its Middle East website featuring news and reports on the situation facing Iranian journalists and promoting ethical journalism, independent reporting and journalists’ labour rights.
Arab World and Middle EastIFJ mission to Lebanon warns against precarity of media workers
An IFJ delegation visited media organisations at the beginning of January while media face an unprecedented crisis that is threatening hundreds of journalists' jobs.
Latin America- January 2017: Series of attacks against Colombian journalists
Between 12 and 27 January, we have registered 3 attacks against Colombian journalists perpetrated either by organised armed groups or security forces.  Read more on the attacks 12 January, 22 January and 27 January.
Latin America- Honduras: TV journalist killed
Journalist and TV presenter Igor Padilla, 37, was killed on 17 January in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, while making a film about the killing of journalists. Read more here and here.
On the left, Igor Padilla © HO/AFP
Strangling the Media: China Tightens its Grip

The IFJ Asia Pacific launched its annual China Press Freedom Report for 2016 on 20 January 2017. The report includes a list and case studies on media workers detained in China, which has increased from 51 in 2015 to 68 in 2016. The report is available in English and Chinese.

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Media concentration in Latin America and the Caribbean
IFJ Latin America office launched a report on media concentration in the region including effects on working conditions of media workers. More
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International Women's day #WomensDay
Join this year's annual celebrations for International Women's Day by posting selfies on social media asking for more gender equality in the media! Download campaign material here.

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Join your union- your story matters!
The IFJ is regularly highlighting the advantages of union membership on its social media. You believe in unions' strength and want to say it out loud? Join our unions' supporters' network and tell us why unions matter to you and involve your colleagues and friends!

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Turkey: New project #JournalismIsNotACrime
IFJ/EFJ just launched a new project #JournalismIsNotaCrime (#GazetecilikSuçDegildir) in Turkey to continue the fight for press freedom on the ground and develop trade union rights. The project is  financially supported by the EIDHR. More

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IPC- Share your best pics!
You just received your brand new International Press Card (IPC) and already enjoy its benefits? We are collecting photos and testimonies from colleagues around the world to use on our social media. Join the campaign and send us your best picture holding the card!

Colleagues from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan just received their IFJ International Press Cards
  • 8 March: International Women´s Day 
  • 1 May: International Workers' Day
  • 3 May: World Press Freedom Day
  • 29-30 April: IFJ Executive Committee, Moscow
  • 2 June: IFJ/EFJ authors' Rights Expert Group (AREG)
Director of publication: Anthony Bellanger
Editor-in-chief: Jeremy Dear
Editor: Pamela Morinière
Contributors: Carlos Javier Avondoglio, Alex Hearne, Esti Ortiz, Camille Petit, Ernest Sagaga
Translation: Pamela Morinière, Esti Ortiz, Bernard Vanmuysewinkel
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