The main job of the union is to improve the financial and professional situation.
Freedom of speech is the foundation of a democratic society. Good journalistic practice is based on the public’s right to have access to facts and opinions.
The UJF is an independent trade union that negotiates collective bargaining agreements. It works to further the financial, social and professional standing of its members, both salaried and freelancers.
The union’s members include people who are employees or freelance journalists and who work for the press, broadcasting, publishing and online media.
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More than 122* journalists have been killed in the war in Gaza, most of them while working.
According to Human Rights Watch, Israel has also deliberately targeted journalists at least once. The attack took place in southern Lebanon in October, killing one journalist and injuring six others. Israel has not held anyone responsible for the attack.
The UJF condemns the killing of journalists and joins international organisations in calling on Israel to do everything in its power to prevent the deaths of journalists and other civilians.
“Gaza is one of the worst places in the world to be a journalist. Nearly a hundred journalists have been killed in an exceptionally short period of time during the ongoing conflict,” said UJF President Hanne Aho.
The union’s board has decided to donate €5,000 to a fund run by the Danish International Media Support (IMS). The fund supports journalists in Gaza by providing equipment, bulletproof vests, helmets and psycho-social support.
“The union wants to support journalism in Gaza. It allows the world to know what is happening in the conflict zone,” said Aho.
*updated 6th February: source United Nations
International Media Support website: mediasupport.org
The Committee to Protect Journalists monitors the situation of journalists in Gaza.