IFJ Calls for Unity and Condemns Somali Attacks on Journalism Community

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called for a united front among Somali journalists - both inside the country and in exile - in the fight for justice, democracy and press freedom.

The IFJ does so while confirming its full solidarity and support for the National Union of Somali Journalists, the legitimate and representative organ and voice of journalists in Somalia.

The IFJ is seriously concerned at recent exchanges between different groups claiming to represent and speak for Somali journalists, some of whom have political links.

"Attempts to discredit NUSOJ, its leadership and some media houses have no other impact but to assist and encourage the enemies of press freedom and independent journalism in the region. The use of intemperate language and character assassination discredits journalism and what we stand for," said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary.

The IFJ is concerned that some of those engaged in these activities are not recognised media professionals. "Media professionals in Somalia have shown great courage and commitment. It is imperative that a new mood of co-operation and unity around the established media community is created," said White.

The IFJ says it will investigate attempts that have been made to destabilise the unity of Somali journalists.

"The IFJ will always stand by those who fight for ethical standards and media independence, who show solidarity with journalists in need and who are committed to resolving problems through the democracy provided by the National Union of Somali Journalists," said White.

For more information contact the IFJ at   +32 2 235 2207       

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 123 countries worldwide