IFJ Programmes Middle East and Arab World

The current programmes include

  • Fostering Trade-Union Bargaining and Gender Policy in MENA Journalists unions (Union To Union) 
  • TU Training for MEAW Journalists Activists (FES) 
  • Safety of Journalists in Middle East and Arab World (NMFA/NJ) 
  • Human Rights Reporting in Middle East and Arab World (NMFA/NJ) 
  • MedMedia (European Union)  

Fostering Trade-Union Bargaining and Gender Policy in MENA Journalists unions

Location: Middle East and North Africa                   

Dates: 2014 - 2016

Objectives

The project aims to create a fairer working environment for journalists. As collective agreements are secured journalists’ exploitation will be cut. With improved job security and wages journalists will be more independent, empower professionals and improve quality journalism. The immediate objective is to increase the number of journalists protected through collective agreements.

Activities

The programme will focus on three countries addressing each one in consecutive years Palestine (2014), Tunisia (2015) and Yemen (2016).

Each national programme consists of:

  • One strategic review workshop to assess the union’s ability to address labour issues 
  • One collective agreement workshops to train up union activists and negotiators 
  • One labour rights campaign with Legal assistance 
  • One national meeting with media stakeholders on collective agreements

Additionally, each year the IFJ will hold a regional labour rights workshop for union leaders. Partners: Palestine, Tunisia, Yemen

Expected Results

  • Three national strategies on union organising
  • Improved knowledge of collective bargaining and skills of negotiators
  • Journalists better aware of their labour rights and how the TU can promote them
  • Media editors and owners aware of the advantages of collective agreements  
  • Collective agreements secured at national, branch or company levels 
  • Sharing of best practice and strategies through regional workshops
  • Journalists better protected through agreements
  • Review of progress made on gender equality and women representation at decision making levels since 2010.    

The programme is supported by Union To Union      


TU Training for MEAW Journalists Activists

Location: Middle East and the Arab World             

Dates: 2015 - 2017

Objectives

To build strong journalists trade unions able to improve journalists working conditions through collective agreements Activities: Three annual meetings of union representatives on labour rights Partners: Journalists unions from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Yemen

Expected Results

  • Establishment of a regional labour rights expert group of trainees for three years from the following countries 
  • Developed leadership skills of labour rights experts in organising and recruitment, negotiating collective agreements, promoting gender equality and helping freelances. 
  • Developed regional strategy on labour standards in Pan Arab Media  

The programme is supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung


Safety of Journalists in Middle East and Arab World

Location: Middle East and Arab World     

Dates: 2014 - 2016

Objectives

to increase levels of safety of journalists through training on maximising risk awareness for journalists reporting conflicts or serious crime.

Activities

2014

  • 8 safety trainers refreshed and improved training skills
  • 180 journalists newly trained on safety
  • University safety curriculum for students of journalists

2015

  • 10 fresh safety trainers trained in Training of Trainers 
  • 150 journalists trained on 10 safety trainings 
  • local safety co-ordinators in Palestine, Iraq and Yemen 
  • University safety curriculum for students of journalists

2016

Continuation of safety programme in response to the developing security needs around the region

Partners: Journalists Unions in MEAW region

Expected Results

  • Develop a culture of safety for journalists, journalists unions and employers in the region 
  • Build a core network of skilled and resourced safety trainers ready to be deployed for trainings when security situation deteriorates  

The programme is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Union of Journalists    


Human Rights Reporting in Middle East and Arab World

Location: Middle East and Arab World     

Dates: 2014 - 2016

Objectives

to improve levels of journalism particularly on human rights issues.

Activities

  • Regional Training of Trainers on human rights journalism 
  • National programme of human rights trainings conducted across the region Produce human rights reporting handbook 
  • Building relations and co-operation between journalists unions and national human rights institutions Partners: Journalists Unions in MEAW region

Expected Results

  • Develop a culture of human rights reporting among journalists and newsrooms in the region 
  • Build a core network of skilled and resources human rights reporting trainers to develop national training programmes with the journalists unions

The programme is supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Union of Journalists


MedMedia

Location: Southern Mediterranean           

Dates: 2014 - 2017

Objectives

MedMedia is an EU-funded project aimed at supporting the institutions and individuals committed to reforming the media sector in the Southern Mediterranean. It does so by offering policy-makers, regulators, broadcasters and union leaders access to relevant experience and know-how from both sides of the Mediterranean

Activities are divided into three main strands

  • Peer-to-peer exchanges between experts from the EU and Southern Mediterranean 
  • Networking – programmes to strengthen journalists and media stakeholder networks working for reform of the media sector 
  • Media development co-ordination – facilitating exchange between different media actors in the region to improve co-ordination.

The IFJ is engaged in the Networking component organising national and regional events with journalists’ unions, broadcasters, media regulators and other media stakeholders on media reform issues. The programme will support national initiatives to improve the legal environment for journalists by encouraging the reform of media related legislation and the strengthening of institutions that protect the rights and standards of media. Issues taken up include legal reform, regional advocacy initiatives including the establishment of a special rapporteur for media freedom and gender equality.

Partners

The IFJ is a partner in a consortium led by BBC Media Action and includes the Federation of Arab Journalists, IREX-Europe, Jordan Media Institute and Blanquerna School of Communications

Expected Results

  • National and regional networks will have been supported and reform initiatives taken up by governments.
  • Media reform will be boosted through greater awareness of civil society groups and policy makers on the importance of media reform.
  • Stakeholder networks, including the journalists unions, will have been strengthened provided with a broader platform for their demands.

The programme is supported by the European Union http://www.med-media.eu/