On February 1, Myanmar’s military detained over 45 politicians and activists, including state counsellor Suu Kyi and president Myint, declaring a state of emergency for at least one year. Soon after the military takeover, phone lines were cut and internet access was heavily impacted, almost immediately serving to undermine the capacity of journalists and media personnel to cover the unfolding political crisis.
Journalists’ killings - masterminds are walking free
Threatened, attacked, beaten, imprisoned and killed, many journalists pay with their lives every year for their commitment to freedom of information and democracy. The IFJ #EndImpunity campaign urges governments to put an end to impunity for crimes against journalits and denounces the crimes that remain unpunished while the masterminds walk free.
The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted the way journalists organize their work and the journalism industry as a whole. The IFJ Decent Work campaign addresses the abrupt and non-regulated transition from newsrooms to teleworking and provides with guidelines for unions to ensure journalists' labour rights are protected when working from home.
With the world in the middle of a health crisis caused by Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliates are taking actions to ensure the rights and safety of media workers when reporting on the virus.
World Press Freedom Day 2020: Quality information can save lives
Threats to press freedom are impeding the public's right to know. Media restrictions, the closure of local newspapers, controlled public service media, precarity and insecurity, intimidation and violence against media workers are among the many ways press freedom is being curtailed just at the very time when the Covid-19 pandemic is threatening lives and the entire global economy.
End Impunity - for a UN Convention on the Protection of Journalists!
In the last 5 years hundreds of journalists have been killed. Nine in 10 cases remain unpunished. Impunity reigns. Journalists are imprisoned attacked, beaten, detained and threatened on a daily basis. This – and a growing frustration with a lack of action to tackle impunity - has driven the IFJ to campaign for an United Nations Convention dedicated to the protection of journalists and media professionals.
Turkey: Press freedom is essential for democracy, set journalism free!
The IFJ, media workers, journalists and press freedom campaigners all over the world have joined protests calling for the release of all jailed journalists in Turkey. Press freedom is essential for democracy, we demand Turkey sets the journalists free! Journalism is not a crime - Gazetecilik suç degildir !
Stop violence against women journalists - for an ILO Convention!
Gender-based violence is one of the most prevalent and tolerated human rights violations in the world. The IFJ is standing alongside the Global Trade Union Movement in taking action to end gender-based violence at work and campaigning for a new ILO convention to tackle the various forms of gender-based violence that occur in the world of work.
More and more media organisations are using rights-grabbing contracts which undermine freelance rights and pay. The IFJ in partnership with the European Federation of Journalists has launched a worldwide campaign against such contracts and to demand a fair share for journalists.
The virtual world mirrors the ‘real’ world, where women journalists are harassed, excluded and subjected to abuse for their work, undermining their right to express themselves in the digital space without repercussions. The IFJ-led campaign, involving unions and press freedom organisations, calls for strong action to stop cyber-bullying and online harassment of women journalists.