Friday, June 22, 2007

A worthy news item you probably don't know about

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), which represents about 600,000 journalists around the world, is marking Sunday as a global day of solidarity with Iraqi journalists to highlight the increasing danger and uncertainty their colleagues face as the conflict in Iraq worsens. At least 212 Iraqi colleagues have been killed since 2003 in a conflict that has claimed more media lives than any other in modern history. The IFJ knows of 39 Iraqi journalists who have been killed since January of this year.

The Newspaper Guild, AFTRA, National Writers Union and The Writers Guild of America are U.S. members of the IFJ. The IFJ has 161 member unions in 117 countries and promotes international action to defend press freedom and social justice through strong, free and independent trade unions of journalists. It does not subscribe to any given political viewpoint, but promotes human rights, democracy and pluralism.

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