IFJ's affiliates' activities to mark World Press Freedom Day

Here is a list of IFJ's affiliates' activities to mark World Press Freedom Day, scheduled on May 3.

Democratic Republic of Congo: the Press National Union in Congo (UNPC) will organise a forum on May 2 together with UNESCO, MONUSCO and the UN office for human rights in DRC (BCNUDH). On May 3 there will be an official ceremony with the participation of the Heads of State or its representative. On May 4 an award ceremony will reward the best young journalists in all kind of media as well as young female journalists.

France: with the support of the SNJ the city of Paris will name a square after Ghislaine Dupont, Claude Verlon and Camille Lepage, journalists that were killed in Mali and the Central African Republic in 2013 and 2014, in order to mark World Press Freedom Day. Other French unions support this action.

Italy: together with other press freedom organisations, the FNSI will take part in various events to mark World Press Freedom Day. In Roma on May 3 there will be a sit-in in front of the Maltese embassy with the participation of journalists from other European countries, in relation to the killing of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017. In the afternoon,  a meeting will be held on the issues of how to contrast hate speeches and how to use a correct language in the media. Lectures will be given in Trento (on May 2) and in Reggio Calabria (on May 3) on issues such as the citizens' right to information.

Portugal: the SDJ gets involved in the European elections campaign and calls on citizens to vote. You can find the video here.

Serbia: the Journalists' Association of Serbia (JAS) organised on April 22 a conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the NATO bombing against Serbian national broadcaster RTS building that killed 16 media workers. 20 years later nobody has been held accountable for this crime.

Somalia: The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) commemorates by calling for the realignment of Somalia’s media laws with the provisional constitutional provisions and international standards on freedom of expression, media freedom and access to information.

South Sudan: on World Press Freedom Day, the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) will organise a one day Conference on "Media for Democracy and Peace: Promoting Sustainable Peace and Democracy in South Sudan"that will bring together media stakeholders (Media Authority, the regulator, Information Ministry, Communications Authority, Media Houses, journalists and civil society activists) to address the state of the media in South Sudan including achievements, challenges and the way forward, as well as safety of journalists, especially for female journalists. Journalists will also share their working experiences.

Sri Lanka: on May 3, the Free Media Movement will organise a panel discussion on "Reporting sensitive incidents; Responsibilities and Challenges of Media". 

United Kingdom: the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) will pay tribute to journalists worldwide who are in prison or who were killed while doing their job, including Lyra McKee, who was shot down on April 18 during a riot in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. 

Ukraine: the National Union of journalists of Ukraine (NUJU) organised on April 25 a Congress to mark its 60th anniversary oand to discuss press freedom in Ukraine. With more than 100 media professionals from around the country, the Union approved the continuation of a campaign calling on Ukrainian politicians to sign a Declaration on the Defense of Freedom of Speech (aimed at protecting the rights of journalists, overcoming hostility and combating impunity).

The IFJ will take part in UNESCO Global conference in Addi Ababa, Ethiopia and run a pannel on Journalism under the Firing Line: Facing the Challenges of Covering Elections in the Digital AgeIt will also organise a pannel on "Working as journalist in exile" at Brussels' Bozar's Difference Day.



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