Spanish Deputy Prime Minister to Address IFJ Conference on Future of Journalism

The Spanish Deputy Prime Minister, Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, will tomorrow address the conference on future of journalism organised by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on 25 May in Cadiz before the opening of its world congress in the Spanish seaside city.


‘'We are delighted that the Deputy Prime Minister is joining us in this debate on the future of journalism,'' said Jim Boumelha, IFJ President who will officially open the IFJ Congress on Tuesday evening. ‘'Governments on behalf of the public they represent need to be part of this debate and make their contribution. We hope the example of the Spanish Government will be emulated around the world.''


Other speakers at the Congress' opening ceremony are the President of the Federation of Spanish press associations (FAPE), an IFJ affiliate and the President of the Andalucia region.


Hundreds of delegates from journalists' organisations around the world have arrived in Cadiz to attend the first Congress after the global economical crisis which has had a devastating impact on media.


The IFJ says the report on the future of journalism provides strategies for overcoming the media crisis and upholding the fundamental values of the profession such as press freedom and ethical reporting.


The IFJ World Congress coincides with the 200th anniversary of the historic Spanish press law which was promulgated in the city of Cadiz in 1810.


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Ernest Sagaga ( French and English) : + 32 477 71 4029

Paco Audije (Spanish)                        :  +34 671609333

Monir Zaarour( Arabic)                       : +32 472587690

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 125 countries worldwide