IFJ Conference Outlines Key Reforms for a Democratic Iraqi Media



The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), and its affiliate,

the Iraqi Journalists’ Syndicate (IJS), have denounced the ongoing attacks

against journalists in Iraq and issued a series of recommendations to improve

the safety and rights of journalists in the country.


The recommendations were made at the conference 'Iraq Media: Ten Years

On - Journalists Rights, Safety and Legal Reform,' held in Istanbul, 28-29

April, to mark the 10th anniversary of the occupation of Iraq. The conference

was organised in coperation with the IFJ, Iraqi Journalists' Syndicate and



"Our affiliate in Iraq, the IJS, and its members have shown an

extraordinary tenacity in standing up, for over a decade, to some of the

toughest challenges encountered by journalists,” said IFJ President Jim

Boumelha. “They ranged from sectarian deadly attacks, making the grim toll of

killed journalists in Iraq the worst in the world, to their courageous fight

for a free and independent media.


“Ten years on, collective action by journalists delivers every day on

many fronts, from the campaign for a strong professional culture, to building

quality in media, defending public values and campaigning on self-regulation.


“Despite the still uncertain political landscape, this has placed Iraqi

journalists in a key position to gather the widest coalition to help build the

new democratic Iraq and look forward to the next 10 years."


Participants, including journalists, media editors, members of the Iraqi

parliament, the Ministry of Human Rights and the Iraqi High Commission of Human

Rights, the Federation of Arab Journalists and the Centre of Law and Democracy,

debated the reforms needed to tackle issues such as impunity, journalist safety

and journalists professional and social rights in Iraq.


In a joint statement, the representatives involved remembered the 380

journalists and media workers who have lost their lives in Iraq in the last ten

years, denounced the ongoing attacks and violence against Iraqi journalists and

expressed their deep concern at the failure to bring killers of journalists to



To view the recommendations in full go to: http://www.ifj-arabic.org/dfiles/attach_files/2013-05-3-03-50-37_Recommendations%20Iraq-Istanbul%2010%20Years%20On%20EN.pdf



As the meeting was held in Istanbul, the Iraqi participants expressed

their solidarity with Turkish journalists in prison and called on Turkish

authorities to release them immediately and unconditionally.


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The IFJ represents more than 600.000 journalists in 134 countries