media workers in the Asia-Pacific commit to building stronger unions to build
power in our creative communities for a stronger media.
Strong unions that
represent journalists and media workers are central to an independent media in
democratic societies. Media workers through their unions are also engaging in
shaping the emerging regional structures.
70 leaders and representatives of 35 Asia-Pacific trade unions and associations
representing workers in the journalism,
media, entertainment and arts industry met in Kuala Lumpur to commit to organise
to shape the future of the media industry in the Asia-Pacific.
Following on from the IFJ-UNI Bali resolution
on 1 October, 2010, the 2012 joint meeting – “Strong Unions, Strong Media:
Organizing for Power at Work” further demonstrates our commitment to deepen
cross regional and cross sectoral cooperation and linkages.
The group resolved to address a series of priorities
through joint cooperation and national and regional actions.
and security for all journalists and media workers and an end to impunity
2. Legal reforms that respect core
labour and freedom of expression standards including all positive obligations
through international conventions..
arrangements that respect our careers and professionalism by empowering media
workers to build their careers both inside and outside traditional employment
public broadcasting that reflects the communities they serve;
unions of journalists and media workers as the democratic arm of the industry with
greater cooperation and unity at a national and regional level.
IFJ AP and UNI APRO will continue discussions to formalise our alliance including
through a joint organising strategy and coordinated project work.
network, representing workers in print, broadcasting, film, entertainment and
arts, will continue to maintain and build connections with like-minded related
organisations with an understanding that regional solidarity means stronger
unions and a stronger media.
meeting further commits to undertake joint actions to build the campaigning and
organising capacity of all our unions as the democratic voice of our industries
that reach out to emerging work in new media, among freelance and contract
workers and young workers.
will work to ensure governments and media institutions invest in the long-term
future of media by creating needed infrastructure, building new audiences and
wisely managing the introduction of new technologies.
We welcome the launch of International News
Safety Institute Asia-Pacific to be hosted by UNI APRO and commit to work with
INSI AP on safety and security issues as part of our continuing campaign to
create a safe environment and end impunity.
unions will build the power and influence of journalists, media and
entertainment workers in Asia-Pacific to achieve improvements in press freedom,
freedom of expression and freedom of association, and to foster a democratic,
professional and ethical media culture.
will also create regional networks of unions in public service broadcasters to
promote solidarity in support of PSB values.
The trade unions and associations
represented at the Kuala Lumpur meeting and endorsing its resolutions are as
Federation of Journalists Asia-Pacific
APRO and UNI MEI Global Union
Jurnalis Independen, Indonesia
Serikat Pekerja Indonesia
of Taiwan Journalists
Productions Employees Association, Malaysia
Association for the Protection of Journalists
Printing, and Manufacturing Union, New Zealand
of Independent Media Workers’ Unions, Indonesia
11. Federation of Nepalese Journalists
Media Movement, Sri Lanka
Kong Journalists’ Association
Entertainment & Arts Alliance, Australia
Alliance of Broadcasting Unions, Philippines
Union of Journalists of the Philippines
Union of Journalists, India
Union of Journalists, Malaysia
Union of Journalists, Nepal
Union of Media Workers, Korea
Union of Newspaper Workers, Malaysia
Television Employees’ Association
Federal Union of Journalists
Nepal Employees Association
Union of Broadcasting Employees
Lanka Working Journalists’ Association
Television Malaysia Berhad Employees Union - KSKSTMB
Leste Journalists’ Association
of MCOT, Thailand
of Public Television Service Foundation, Taiwan
further information, contact:
Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919
APRO/ UNI MEI on [email protected]
The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 125 countries worldwide
MEI represents 140 unions and guilds and over 300,000 media, entertainment and
arts workers globally
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