International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called for a united front
among Somali journalists - both inside the country and in exile - in the fight
for justice, democracy and press freedom.
IFJ does so while confirming its full solidarity and support for the National
Union of Somali Journalists, the legitimate and representative organ and voice
of journalists in Somalia.
IFJ is seriously concerned at recent exchanges between different groups
claiming to represent and speak for Somali journalists, some of whom have
to discredit NUSOJ, its leadership and some media houses have no other impact
but to assist and encourage the enemies of press freedom and independent
journalism in the region. The use of intemperate language and character
assassination discredits journalism and what we stand for," said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary.
IFJ is concerned that some of those engaged in these activities are not
recognised media professionals. "Media professionals in Somalia have
shown great courage and commitment. It is imperative that a new mood of
co-operation and unity around the established media community is created," said
IFJ says it will investigate attempts that have been made to destabilise the
unity of Somali journalists.
IFJ will always stand by those who fight for ethical standards and media
independence, who show solidarity with journalists in need and who are
committed to resolving problems through the democracy provided by the National
Union of Somali Journalists," said White.
For more information contact the IFJ at
+32 2 235 2207
The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists
in 123 countries worldwide