Global Unions

International Federation of Journalists

13 March 2008:

‘There can be no Press Freedom if Journalists Exist in Conditions of Corruption, Poverty or Fear’

The IFJ is the global voice of journalists. It was first created in 1926 and relaunched in its modern form in 1952. Today it represents more than 550,000 journalists in 150 national unions covering 119 countries.

The IFJ campaigns vigorously for journalists rights. It promotes trade union development work and insists that professional rights can only be defended when there are independent, vigorous and representative trade unions for journalists.

The IFJ works closely with agencies of the United Nations and carries out media development work to combat social exclusion in partnership with journalists’ unions. The Federation has regional offices in Latin America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

A primary concern for the IFJ is the safety and security of journalists and media staff and the IFJ is the founder, with leading media employers, of the International News Safety Institute, a specialised NGO dedicated to improving levels of protection for journalists and media staff.

The IFJ is closely associated with campaigns at national, regional and global level to improve levels of media pluralism and to counter the threat to democratic rights and secure working conditions posed by excessive media concentration. With other trade union groups in the media and entertainment sector the IFJ works to promote public interest values in media, to defend authors’ rights and to create.