News / 03.05.2010

IFJ Focusing Iran on World Press Freedom Day

"The onslaught on media in Iran has been unrelenting since the disputed elections
in June, last year," said Jim Boumelha, IFJ President. "The government has sought to suppress independent media and to shut down all contacts with outside following unprecedented show of public defiance to the regime."

The IFJ says there are still up to 35 journalists in prison since the mass trial of media last August and many more newspapers have been shut down. The office of the Association of Iranian Journalists (AoIJ), an IFJ affiliate, remains sealed since 5 August 2009 with no immediate prospect of being allowed to function again.

IFJ affiliates, their members and journalists around the world are requested to send the IFJ electronic post card to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, calling for the release of all detained journalists and the reopening of the AoIJ office in Tehran.

"We need to show solidarity with journalists in Iran all the time," said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. "But World Press Freedom Day provides the opportunity to focus the minds and send a message to the Iranian government about our determination to stand by our colleagues and fight for their freedom."

The IFJ has also called for global action to promote the safety of journalists following confirmed deaths of at least 27 journalists since the start of the year in countries such as Honduras, Thailand, Nigeria and Pakistan.

"This death toll after just four months ought to shock the world into action," added White. "We are well past the time of words alone in the face of utter indifference on the part of men of violence."

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 125 countries worldwide


See also

All news

UJF Council: cuts to public broadcaster a threat to Finnish security

The media need support, not cuts. Yet some parties are calling for a weakening of the conditions for journalistic work. The impoverishment of the media field threatens Finland’s overall security and democracy.

UJF Council: top concerns of delegates include workplace harassment and pay equity

Delegates wanted to know what the union intended to do to prevent the continuation of abuse and harassment in the workplace. They expressed the hope that the union would promote a positive working culture in the media sector.

UJF Council: report on union’s crisis communications finds room for improvement

The UJF will improve its crisis communications by updating its communication plans, training its staff and developing its operational and managerial capacity.

Proposals for this are included in an external report commissioned by the union to improve its communication work.