2004: A Dark and Deadly Year for Journalists - An IFJ Report on Media Casualties in the Field of Journalism and Newsgathering


TUESDAY 18 JANUARY 2005 – International Press Centre, Résidence Palace, 155 Rue de la Loi, Bloc C, (Maelbeek) - 11 AM

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), representing over 500,000 journalists in more than 110 countries, would like to request your presence at a press conference next Tuesday morning (11 am) January 18th at the Résidence Palace – Maelbeek room in order to discuss and launch its annual report on journalists and media staff killed in the line of duty.


Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary

Special Video Presentation, Enrico Deaglio, Editor-in-Chief, Il Diario, paper of Enzo Baldoni, kidnapped and murdered in Iraq

Jacques Nancy, Spokesperson European Parliament President Josep Borrell

Hassen Fodha, Director UN Regional Information Centre

María De Lourdes Dieck Assad, Ambassdor to Mexico (TBC / Por confirmar)

Julang Pujianto, Chargés des Affaires, Indonesia

  • This report reveals how journalists and media employees in every corner of the globe have been targeted, brutalized and done to death by the enemies of press freedom.
  • This report explains in vivid terms why the IFJ continues to focus on the scandal of impunity and the failure of governments to bring the killers to justice and, in many cases, not even to investigate media murders.
  • The creation of INSI by media, journalists’ unions and support groups has produced a rare flowering of co-operation in a notoriously fragmented industry.
  • The IFJ’s own International Safety Fund, bolstered by more than 1,000,000 Euro donated by journalists around the world, has been at work providing relief to journalists when they need it most.
  • The loss of media lives on the scale set out in this report is hard to bear. It should remind us all to the sacrifice that journalists and media staff make in the cause of free expression. We should honour those we have lost. In their name we can and should do more to find ways of making journalism safer.

    More Information Contact:
    Robert Shaw, IFJ Human Rights and Information Officer - +32 496 205 447 or email <aa rhef="mailto:"[email protected]">[email protected]