IFJ Condemns Terrorist Attack on Basque Television Station


The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has

condemned a bomb attack by Basque terrorists targeting a number of media

networks in the city of Bilbao.

A van charged with explosive material was blown up outside the headquarters of

the Basque public radio television station EiTB, a building also housing number

of other media. There were no injuries reported.

"Just on the day when the IFJ has announced how

journalism has suffered from violence around the world this year, the Basque

terrorists of ETA have shown their contempt for media and free expression,"

said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary.

This is the second attack in 2008 carried out by ETA against

mass media in Bilbao,

says the IFJ. On June 8 a bomb blast caused destruction at the offices and

printing offices of the daily newspaper El Correo. Other media offices

hit by today's blast were Deia, Antena 3,

Expansión, El Mundo and Onda

Cero.

"We strongly support the condemnation of this attack

by our Spanish colleagues," added White. "They are determined to carry

on reporting freely despite these threats."

The IFJ says that in recent

years several journalists have been killed by ETA and many more continue to

work either under escort or, for most of them, with no special protection

despite daily death threats.

For more information contact the IFJ at +32 2 235

2207

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists

in 123 countries worldwide