IFJ Affiliates in South East Asia Form New Network

Journalists Unions and Associations in South East Asia, affiliated with

the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), have formed a new network

aimed at tackling issues affecting journalists' safety, rights and freedoms in

the region.

The ‘Southeast Asian Journalists' Unions Network,' formed during a

meeting of the affiliates in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, aims to build strength

between the unions and stand in solidarity on issues such as press freedom,

labour rights and gender equality.

"This newly formed network of affiliates represents a very positive step

forward for the region," said Jacqui Park, Director of the IFJ Asia-Pacific

Office. "The network will mean the affiliates can form a united front and work

shoulder to shoulder to tackle common issues affecting journalists and media

workers across South East Asia." 

The network has agreed the following declaration of intent which

states: 

*Recognizing* that we

face common problems of poor welfare and working conditions as evidenced in low wages, violations or outright suppression

of our right to organise, and violations of our labor rights;

*Knowing* how many

of our colleagues have been killed, threatened and harassed as they performed their work as journalists, and how many

others continue to face daily threats to their lives and safety because of the failure to punish those responsible for these attacks;

*Seeing* how

impunity and state policies erode press freedom and freedom of expression, and also deprive people of the right to access to

information;

*Aware* of the

need to promote gender equity and awareness within journalists' unions and media organizations, broaden and improve gender-sensitive reporting within the media, and to implement programs

that promote gender awareness and equity;

*Realising* the

importance of closer and more active coordination a cooperation among ourselves and other groups that advocate and promote

the same issues;

All Agree:to

organise into the ‘Southeast Asian Journalists' Unions Network' with the mission of strengthening solidarity between our unions and all journalists within the region and work together to:

-Improve the welfare and working conditions of journalists in the Region
-Build an informed public by advancing press freedom, freedom of expression, access to information and independent media
-Fight for the protection and safety of journalists and to end impunity
-Promote gender equity within journalists' unions and media organisations, and implement programs that will advance and protect

gender rights
-Build the organisational capacity of our unions

For further information contact

IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0950
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