The International Federation of Journalists has launched a world-wide appeal for humanitarian assistance to the families of journalists and media staff caught up in the Asia earthquake disaster.
The action comes as news that at least 25 members of the Aliansi Independen Jurnalis (AJI), the IFJ’s Indonesian affiliate, are missing as well as 80 staff members of Serambi Indonesia , one of the leading daily newspapers. The number of victims of the earthquake and tidal waves five days ago in the Indian Ocean region has reached nearly 100,000.
Within hours, IFJ unions began to respond to the call for solidarity with media colleagues and their communities across the region.
“Everyone should be making a contribution to the relief effort,” said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary.” We have established a special fund within our International Safety Fund to try to get assistance to our colleagues and their families as quickly as possible.”
In a message to all of its members in more than 100 countries, the IFJ said that the Federation was in contact with its affiliates in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia in an effort to assess the impact of the catastrophe upon the media community.
“We know already that our colleagues in Indonesia have suffered a shocking level of loss,” said White. “Many others may also be in need. Any additional support to the international assistance effort that journalists and media workers can give will be greatly appreciated.”
The IFJ says that donations can be sent to:
Asia Disaster Relief for Journalists and Media Staff
C/o IFJ Safety Fund
Agence Rond Point Schumann 10
IBAN: BE64 2100 7857 0052
Swift Code: GEBABEBB
For further information please contact Robert Shaw, IFJ Human Rights and Information Officer: +32 2 235 22 07 or +32 496 205 447 (mobile)
The IFJ represents over 500,000 journalists in more than 110 countries