'Safe house' in Cadiz for persecuted journalists
Fernando Santiago and Jim Boumelha - © Private
29 March 2011
A safe haven for journalists fleeing repression is to open in Cadiz under the auspices of the Press Association of Cadiz and the International Federation of Journalists.
Fernando Santiago, Press Association of Cadiz president, and Pablo Fernandez Garcia-Agullo met with Jim Boumelha, International Federation of Journalists president, and Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ deputy general secretary, at the NUJ's London headquarters to sign the formal documents establishing the safe house. Journalists will be able to stay there while applying for asylum in Spain.
The project La Casa de los Periodistas will have 16 rooms and will be the second safe house for journalists in the world after the Maison des Journalistes of Paris. The Press Association of Cadiz, founded in 1909, is working on the project with about thirty other organisations, communication groups and public institutions.
Michelle Stanistreet said:
"This is a really admirable initiative, and reflects the fact that journalists can be at risk from state violence and other threats for simply doing their jobs. It is our collective duty to stand with them in their time of need, and our friends in the Press Association of Cadiz are doing that in an impressive way."