IFJ and Vintu Foundation Agree to Aid Media Victims of Violence

The IFJ and the independent media organisation the Vintu Foundation have agreed a new phase of cooperation to provide humanitarian help to media families who have suffered violence in some of the world’s most perilous trouble spots.

For the second year the IFJ Vintu Foundation Fund for humanitarian assistance will coordinate with the IFJ Safety Fund to provide assistance to 10 families around the world who lost the head of their household because of his or her work as a journalist. The assistance will take the form of one year of support totalling 6000 Euros per family.

“Media Families caught by the tragedy of conflict in some of the most dangerous parts of the world have come to benefit from this solidarity,” said IFJ General Secretary Aidan White. “We appreciate the value of this humanitarian work and we are pleased that the IFJ and the Vintu Foundation have renewed their cooperation.”

The IFJ will solicit potential recipients from its member unions and choose ten families based on family need. The total amount of the assistance will be 60,000 Euros.

“We are very happy about the results of last year’s fund,” said Cristian Unteanu, Delegated-Administrator of the Vintu Foundation. “As we can see there are more and more journalists killed in combat every year. We will do our utmost to do even more in the future. It’s about human solidarity but also about professional solidarity, which is very important.”

For more information contact the IFJ at + 32 2 235 2207
The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 120 countries worldwide