الثلاثاء، 17 نوفمبر، 2009

IFJ Executive Committee Speaks Out against Media Repression in Iran

Members of the IFJ Executive Committee and staff take time out in London to appeal for release of Iranian journalists

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The Executive Committee of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), meeting in London on 14-15 November, called on Iranian leadership to release detained journalists, open the office of the Association of Iranian Journalists and lift all restrictions to journalists' freedom of movement in and out of Iran.

In a letter to the highest authorities in Tehran, the IFJ Executive Committee members expressed their concern over the violations of press freedom in the country and denounced arbitrary arrests and detentions of journalists which reached unprecedented levels in the wake of the disputed presidential elections in June.

The Committee's intervention followed the IFJ campaign for the release of Iranian journalists which has received backing from many affiliates and was particularly endorsed by the Federation's members in the Middle East and the Arab world in their meeting held in Amman, Jordan in October.

"The IFJ members' response to the campaign for the release of Iranian colleagues has been tremendous," said Jim Boumelha, IFJ President. "It will take this kind of unwavering solidarity to secure freedom of our colleagues in Iran."
Please click here to read the IFJ Executive Committee's letter to Iranian leadership

The IFJ Campaign for the release of Iranian journalists was supported by the following members:

1. Svenska Journalistförbundet/Swedish Union of Journalists
2. All India Newspaper Employees Federation,

3. CWA/SCA - The Newspaper Guild Canada

4. Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance ( Australia)

5. National Union of Journalists - Great Britain (NUJ)
6. Association des Journalistes du Burkina Faso
7. Progressive Journalists Association Turkey (CDG)

8. Federation of Nepali Journalists

9. Forum of Mauritian Journalists

10. New Zealand -Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union

11. Kuwait Journalists Association
12. Belgian Journalists Association (AGJPB)
13. Dutch Association of Journalists (NVJ)


14. Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ)

15. Union of Cyprus Journalists (UCJ)

16. Danish Union of Journalists (DUJ)

17. Asociación de Periodistas Vascos

18. Federación de Asociaciones de Periodistas de España (FAPE)

19. Asociacion de la Prensa de Almeria (AP-APAL).

20. Asociación de la Prensa de Tenerife

21. Bahrain Journalists' Association

22. Hong Kong Journalists Association will join the action.

23. Japan Federation of Newspaper Workers' Unions

24. Austria: Autriche: Gewerkschaft de Privatangelstellten, Druck, Journalismus, Papier

25. Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ)

26. Deutsche Journalistinnen- und Journalisten-Union dju in ver.di
27. Federación de Periodistas de América Latina y el Caribe (FEPALC)
28. Asociación Nacional de Periodistas de Peru (ANPP)

29. Polish Journalists Association (SDP)

30. Union of Bulgarian Journalists (UBJ)

31. Journalists Association UAE (UAE- JA)

32. National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)

33. National Union of Journalists - Nepal
34. Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate (PJS)
35. Syndicat National de la Presse Marocaine (SNPM)

36. Iraqi Journalists' Union (IJU)

37. Kurdistan Journalists Syndicate (KJS - Iraqi Kurdistan)

38. Syndicat National des Journalistes - Algeria (SNJ)

39. Sudanese Journalists' Union (SJU)

40. Yemeni Journalists' Syndicate (YJS)

41. Jordan Press Association (JPA)

42. Oman Journalists Association (OJA)

43. Libyan Journalists Association (LJS)

44. Sindicato Nacional de Redactores de la Prensa de México