IFJ launches a Solidarity Fund to help journalists in Yemen

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has launched a Solidarity Fund to provide financial aid and humanitarian assistance to Yemeni colleagues and their families, who are in desperate need for help.

The decision follows the action plan agreed at a meeting on "International Partnership for Yemen- Supporting Journalism and Freedom of Expression on the Front Lines" hosted and co-organised by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) and the International Media Support (IMS) last 26 October in Brussels.

The gathering sought to raise awareness of the increasing media safety crisis and to collaborate on providing coordinated support to Yemeni journalists. It brought together UNESCO, UNDP, UN Resident Coordinator's Office and EU Delegation to Yemen.

So far ten journalists have been killed in 2015 in Yemen and 16 remain held captive, mostly by Houthi rebels, according to the Yemeni Journalists’ Syndicate (YJS), an IFJ affiliate. Following the Houthis' occupation of media houses in capital Sana'a, most reporters have been forced to flee the city as the increasingly precarious and hostile atmosphere towards independent journalists grew.

The IFJ is therefore inviting journalists, private individuals and organisations to show their solidarity by contributing to this appeal as generously as they can. See all the details here.

Yemen is one of the four countries the IFJ has targeted this year within its #endimpunity of crimes against journalists' campaign. Besides, the Federation has launched a specific campaign concerning press freedom and safety in the country. 

For more information, please contact IFJ on + 32 2 235 22 16

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