Dublin hustings will benefit IFJ solidarity appeal for Gaza
12 September 2014
The NUJ Irish Executive Council (IEC) was quick off the mark when nominations closed for the election of editor of the Journalist magazine. The Dublin hustings for the election take place at 7pm on Tuesday 16 September and serve a dual purpose.
The event will offer an opportunity for Irish members to support the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) solidarity appeal for journalists in Gaza and to discuss who they want to elect to edit the Journalist.
Irish members can have their say in the future of the union magazine by coming along to a debate at 7pm on Tuesday 16 September 2014 in Doheny and Nesbitt, 5 Baggot Street, Lower, Dublin 2.
Members will also have the opportunity to make a donation to the IFJ solidarity appeal for journalists in Gaza. Voluntary donations will be collected at the door.
Cathaoirleach Gerry Curran will be in the chair and there will be a Q&A session followed by informal social. It’s a good chance to discuss not just the Journalist magazine but the future of the NUJ.
The IFJ is appealing to its affiliates across the world to contribute to a special solidarity appeal it has set up to provide financial aid to journalists in Gaza who are desperately in need of help.
The IFJ says that the current limited cease-fire may have halted the loss of life, but many journalists and families are now homeless after their houses were razed to the ground or suffered extensive damages as to render them inhabitable.
The IFJ’s Palestinian affiliate, the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS), estimates that 42 journalists and their families have been displaced in Gaza, 14 of them have had their houses completely destroyed and need emergency shelter. 25 have been injured and require medical treatment while 10 media facilities were also damaged in the bombing.
The IFJ has committed $10.000 (USD) from its International Safety Fund for immediate use but warns that more is needed to sustain the relief effort and enable journalists in Gaza to get back on their feet.
Donations for journalists in Gaza can be sent to the IFJ International Safety Fund paid to the following account:
The Safety Fund
a/c BE64 2100 7857 0052
Swift Code: GEBABEBB
BNP PARIBAS FORTIS BANK, Rond Point Schuman 10, 1040 Brussels
Online secure donations can also be made through PayPal on the dedicated IFJ safety fund website.