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A new start? Supporting trade unions & press freedom in Iran


Tuesday 22 October 2013

Public meeting starts at 6pm

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House of Commons committee room 7


A new start? Supporting trade unions & press freedom in Iran.

An NUJ public meeting in parliament - all welcome.

At his first press conference Iranian president-elect Hassan Rohani was asked about the closure of the office of the Association of Iranian Journalists and he replied that “guilds and associations are the best way to run social affairs of the society.”

The National Union of Journalists (UK) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) want to ensure that journalists in Iran benefit from this window of opportunity for change.

The NUJ event will bring together Iranian journalists, trade union leaders and members of parliament to discuss how to support colleagues, press freedom and trade unions in the country.

The event will be chaired by Jeremy Corbyn MP and the guest speaker is Ali Mazrooei, the Association of Iranian Journalists president (AoIJ). Ben Wallace MP and the all-party parliamentary group on Iran are co-hosting the event.

The NUJ is supporting journalists in Iran, campaigning for an independent media and taking steps to encourage the re-establishment of the Association of Iranian Journalists that was shut down as part of the media clampdown in 2009.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"Iranian journalists need our solidarity and support. We want to help our colleagues and encourage a new start between the media, trade unions and government in Iran."

This is a free, public event in parliament - all welcome.

To reserve your place please RSVP Sarah Kavanagh, NUJ senior campaigns and communications officer, email:

Further details and contact information

Sarah Kavanagh
Telephone: 0207 843 6381

Tags: , iran, press freedom, trade union freedom, public meeting