IFJ Affiliates form the ‘Southeast Asian Journalists’ Unions Network’

Media Release: South East


June 21, 2013


International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), with funding provided by the

Swedish Government’s LOTCO program, held a meeting and workshop with South East

Asia affiliates in Phnom Penh, Cambodia between the 16 – 18th June to

create solidarity and a stronger regional network. 

During the meeting, the affiliate

unions from Cambodia, Malaysia,

Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines resolved to address a series of priorities

through joint cooperation.  The

group agreed to formalise the group – The

South East Asian Journalists’ Unions Network will represent needs and

priorities of journalists and journalist unions throughout the region. 

A statement of commitment drafted by the represented

unions outlines the aims and purpose of the network:

We, representatives of journalists’ unions and associations in Southeast

Asia affiliated with the International Federation of Journalists,

Recognizing that

we face common problems of poor welfare and working conditions as evidenced in

low wages, violations or outright suppression of our right to organize, and

violations of our labour rights;

Knowing how

many of our colleagues have been killed, threatened and harassed as they

performed their work as journalists, and how many others continue to face daily

threats to their lives and safety because of the failure to punish those

responsible for these attacks;

Seeing how

impunity and state policies erode press freedom and freedom of expression, and

also deprive people of the right to access to information;

Aware of

the need to promote gender equity and awareness within journalists' unions and

media organizations, broaden and improve gender-sensitive reporting within the

media, and to implement programs that promote gender awareness and


Realizing the

importance of closer and more active coordination and cooperation among

ourselves and other groups that advocate and promote the same issues;

All agree

to organize into the ‘Southeast Asian

Journalists’ Unions Network’ with the mission of strengthening solidarity

between our unions and all journalists within the region and work together to:

  • Improve the welfare and working


    conditions of journalists in the region

  • Build an informed public by


    advancing press freedom, freedom of expression, access to information and

    independent media

  • Fight for the protection and


    safety of journalists and to end impunity

  • Promote gender equity within


    journalists’ unions and media organizations, and implement programs that will

    advance and protect gender rights

  • Build the organizational capacity


    of our unions and The South East Asian Journalists’ Unions Network


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