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30th IFJ Congress kicks off in Tunis

March to commemorate the 271 journalists killed since the last Congress, including Lyra McKee  -  © ifj

11 June 2019

The NUJ is taking part in the Congress of the International Federation of Journalists in Tunis. The IFJ has 600,000 members from more than 180 affiliated unions in 140 countries.

It is the first time the congress has been held on the African continent. A pre-conference event debated three key issues: the future of journalism in the digital age. (IFJ report: Journalists in the digital age); good trade union practices around the world; and the situation of journalism in the Middle East after the Arab Revolutions.

Delegates will be discussing and adopting a new IFJ Global  Charter of Ethics for Journalists, also known as the Bordeaux Declaration, and which was first adopted in 1954 by the IFJ's World Congress and last amended in 1986. The latest amendments will take on board today’s media challenges and encourage journalists to abide by the highest ethical standards at a time when debates over disinformation are raging.

They will also debate and approve the IFJ 2019-2022 working programme. This roadmap seeks to strengthen the position of the IFJ as the global voice for journalists and journalism and to support its member unions worldwide in their mission to build global solidarity, be at the forefront of struggles to tackle precarious work and abuses of labour rights, lead the fight against impunity for crimes against journalists, mainstream gender equality in media and strengthen the regional organisations of journalists.

A new IFJ president and executive committee will be elected.

                                                  IFJ delegation

More than 60 motions have been tabled for debate, including motions urging action on gender equality in media, the promotion of the UN Convention on the Safety of Journalists, measures to tackle disinformation, the condemnation of the attacks against journalists and press freedom in numerous countries and in defence of collective bargaining for freelancers and journalists’ author’s rights, among others. The NUJ will be speaking to motions on surveillance and equal pay and delegates (pictured left to right) Jim Boumelha, Pierre Vicary, Ronan Brady, Michelle Stanistreet, Sian Jones, Seamus Dooley and Francesca Marchese are expected to play a full role in the events and debates. NUJ president Sian Jones and vice president Pierre Vicary were members of the conference standing orders committee.

The latest Congress programme is available here.

Follow all news related to the Congress through the hashtag #IFJTunis

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