IFJ Congress Holds Commemoration and Freedom Walk for Killed Journalists Across the World


special Freedom Walk to commemorate the 408 journalists across the

world who have died in the service of their profession in the last three

years was held in Dublin this evening.

Around 300 journalists

from around the world involved in the International Federation of

Journalists' (IFJ) World Congress took part in the moving Stand Up For

Journalism Freedom Walk, from Dubh Linn Garden to Dublin City Hall.

Delegates carried 408 carnations, one for each journalist who has lost their life over the last three years.


on the commemoration event, IFJ General Secretary, Beth Costa, said:

"This Freedom Walk demonstrates our solidarity with those who have died

because they were journalists.

"In saluting the men and women who

have died because of their profession we also show our commitment to

the profession of journalism and send a clear signal that the IFJ is

vigilant in defence of journalists and journalism."

The event,

which also demonstrated the IFJ's commitment to media diversity and

freedom, began with a symbolic wreath laying at the Veronica Guerin

monument, in Dubh Linn Garden at Dublin Castle.

Veronica Guerin was an Irish crime reporter who was murdered on

26 June 1996 by drug lords because of the stories she wrote for Irish

newspaper the Irish Independent exposing their criminal activity.


was then followed by the Freedom Walk involving all 300 delegates

through the streets of Dublin, from Dubh Linn Garden to Dublin City


Seamus Dooley, General Secretary, NUJ Ireland, said: "This

Freedom walk not only commemorates those men and women who have died in

service of their profession, but also underlines our commitment to

diversity and pluralism in journalism across the world."

To download a copy of the list of colleagues who have died in the service of their profession click HERE.


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600.000 journalists in 134 countries