IFJ launches solidarity fund to help Yemen's journalists
5 November 2015
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has launched a solidarity fund to provide financial aid and humanitarian assistance to Yemeni journalists and their families. They are in desperate need for help as attacks on journalists increase.
The decision follows the action plan agreed at a meeting on "International Partnership for Yemen - Supporting Journalism and Freedom of Expression on the Front Lines". The meeting in Brussels on 26 October was hosted and co-organised by the IFJ, the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) and the International Media Support (IMS).
The gathering sought to raise awareness of the increasing media safety crisis and to collaborate on providing coordinated support to Yemeni journalists. It brought together UNESCO, UNDP, UN Resident Coordinator's Office and EU Delegation to Yemen.
Ten journalists have been killed so far in 2015 in Yemen and 16 remain held captive, mostly by Houthi rebels, according to the Yemeni Journalists’ Syndicate (YJS), an IFJ affiliate. Following the Houthis' occupation of media houses in capital Sana'a, most reporters have been forced to flee the city as the increasingly precarious and hostile atmosphere towards independent journalists grew.
The IFJ is inviting journalists, private individuals and organisations to show their solidarity by contributing to this appeal as generously as they can. Donations can be sent to the IFJ International Safety Fund's account:
The Safety Fund
a/c BE64 2100 7857 0052
Swift Code: GEBABEBB
BNP PARIBAS FORTIS BANK, Rond Point Schuman 10, 1040 Brussels
Please indicate in communication: "Yemen Solidarity Fund"
Donations can also be made to the Safety Fund securely using Paypal.
Yemen is one of the four countries the IFJ has targeted this year as part of its global End Impunity campaign. The IFJ has also launched a specific campaign concerning press freedom and safety in Yemen.