Safety of journalists and double standards

Proposed by the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ)

The World Congress of the International Federation of Journalists, meeting in Angers from June 7th-10th 2016,

recognising that the problem of ensuring the safety of journalists in recent years has become as important as never before;

recalling decisions of previous IFJ Congress calling to ensure the safety of journalists in all regions of the world;

expressing anxiety for the unprecedented level of violence against media workers in recent years;

expressing concerns by practice of "double standards" in the coverage of security issues, which is a direct threat to the solidarity of journalists,

Congress instructs the IFJ Executive Committee to:

  1. undertake urgent measures to intensify work in the field of security of journalists;
  2. maintain the practice of the Days Against Impunity and to expand the information component of the campaign;
  3. support trainings and development of new forms of work for the protection of journalists;
  4. include into the IFJ Executive Committee working agenda the broad international discussion on overcoming the "double standards" and therefore to promote enhanced exchange of information on security and co-operation of regional organisations, as well as other IFJ and solidarity actions.

Carried unanimously