To mark World Press
Freedom Day tomorrow, Friday 3 May 2013, the International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ) has written to the Brussels embassies of the four countries
in the world with the highest numbers of imprisoned journalists to demand their
Signed by IFJ
President Jim Boumelha, the letters have been sent to the embassies of China,
Iran, Turkey and Eritrea, to express the IFJ’s concern about the lack of press
freedom in these countries, where journalists are routinely
detained in violation of their fundamental freedoms and human rights.
“The only thing
they (the journalists) are guilty of is fulfilling their professional duty as
journalists to inform the public,” said the letters.
“We urge your Government to end this climate of fear
and intimidation facing journalists and to release from jail dozens of journalists, writers and
As a sign of unity
and solidarity, the IFJ is also calling on its affiliates to send similar
letters to the embassies of the same countries in their regions.
print off a copy of the letters, go to: http://www.ifj.org/en/pages/world-press-freedom-day-2013
year the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is marking World Press
Freedom Day by focusing on the issue of 'Journalist Safety and Journalists
Imprisoned around the World. This reflects the
on-going concern over the numbers of our colleagues who continue to languish in
prisons in many countries as a result of their profession.
In Iran, according to IFJ affiliate, the Association
of Iranian Journalists (AoIJ), at least 24 journalists are currently in prison
on charges of allegedly violating Iranian laws.
In Turkey, IFJ affiliate, the Turkish Union of
Journalists, estimates that at least 66 journalists are currently in prison,
awaiting trial on charges of allegedly isolating the Turkish penal code or
anti-terror laws. IFJ’s European organisation, the European Federation of
Journalists, is running a campaign with the Turkish Union of Journalists to
‘Set Journalists Free in Turkey’:http://europe.ifj.org/en/pages/turkey-campaign-set-journalists-free
In Eritrea, according to reliable sources, at least 18 journalists have been detained without
charges since the authorities imposed a ban on independent media in September
And in China, it was reported in 2012 that potentially
over 30 journalists were imprisoned, awaiting trial on charges of allegedly violating
the Chinese penal code or anti-terror laws.
find out what events are planned by our affiliates for World Press Freedom Day
2013, visit our web page: http://www.ifj.org/en/pages/world-press-freedom-day-2013
For more information, please contact IFJ on + 221 33 867 95 86/87
The IFJ represents more than 600.000 journalists in 134 countries