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Eight IFJ Focus on Safety

07 July 2015

Welcome to the eighth issue of the IFJ Focus on Safety, a monthly blog which provides highlights, news and in-depth analysis of safety-related events of concerns to journalists.

The blog is part of the IFJ strategy to promote the safety of journalists and to combat the issue of impunity. Please check out the IFJ International Code of Practice for the Safe Conduct of Journalism at the end of this issue.

We value your feedback and would like to hear about your safety experience on the field as well as any stories you would like to share with members of the IFJ family, the global journalists’ community.

The present issue covers the following:

IFJ URGES ACCOUNTABILITY FOR DELIBERATE TARGETING OF JOURNALISTS IN 2014 SUMMER GAZA WAR

A joint delegation of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate (PJS) traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to impress on the UN Human Rights Commission on the need for accountability for the deliberate targeting of journalists during the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza strip of the 2014 summer.

The delegation, made of IFJ President Jim Boumelha, PJS President Abdalnasser Najjar and Vice President Naser Abubaker, took part in the debate on the report of the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict which was presented today to the 29th Session of the United Nations Human Rights council in Geneva.

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26 IFEX Members Join IFJ to Press UN Security Council on Media Protection in Yemen

26 IFEX members have signed an appeal launched by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) to the UN Security Council for drastic measures to protect journalists in Yemen. In the joint appeal sent to the Malaysian ambassador to the UN and Chair of the Council for June, H.E Dato' Ramlan Ibrahim, the press freedom organisations urge the UN Security Council to consider " as a matter of priority, all necessary measures to protect journalists who are reporting on the conflict in the country."

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IFJ/EFJ LAUNCH SAFETY HANDBOOK ON RUSSIA AND UKRAINE

On 16 June , the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) launched a report on the safety of journalists in Ukraine in 2014 at a conference on conflict reporting organised by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna.

The handbook is a co-production of IFJ affiliates, the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU), the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine (IMTUU) and the Russian Union of Journalists (RUJ) in a joint IFJ/EFJ initiative to document the lessons and experience of the Ukraine conflict for journalists.

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MEDIA SAFETY ADVISORY FOR BAKU 2015 EUROPEAN GAMES

Ahead of the Baku 2015 European Games in Azerbaijan, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) issued a media safety advisory for journalists covering the Games.

This advice, prepared by Alan Pearce - a journalist and expert in cyber-security and counter-surveillance - provided some top tips and spy-proof measures on how to keep your activities to yourself. Read more

CALL FOR PROBE INTO POLICE VIOLENCE AFTER ATTACK ON JOURNALISTS IN ARMENIA

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its regional organisation the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) condemned the actions of Armenian police who attacked and briefly detained at least 10 media workers who were covering a demonstration on 23 June in Armenian capital, Yerevan. The two organisationscalled on the authorities to investigate the incidents and punish the perpetrators.

According to media, at least 10 media workers were assaulted and briefly detained by police officers who destroyed phones, cameras, laptops and video equipment of many journalists. Read more

CONCERNS RISE OVER MEDIA SAFETY IN INDIA AFTER JOURNALIST SURVIVED ORDEAL

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Indian Journalists Union (IJU) raised concerns over the rise in attacks on journalists in India in recent weeks after an attack on journalist Prasanta Kumar in Assam. The Khairabari correspondent of Assamese daily Asamiya Pratidin, was shot at and attacked by a group of five people while returning home on his motorbike. An attacker shot him in his shoulder and then after blindfolding him, forced him into a car. The attackers stole his money and mobile phone, before throwing him out of the car. Read more

TV JOURNALISTS ATTACKED BY INDIA RAILWAY POLICE

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the National Union of Journalists – India (NUJI) in strongly criticizing the attack on journalists from a local television channel by local police in Bhubaneswar, Odisha of India on Monday.

According to reports, Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel in Bhubaneswar, Odisha of India brutally attacked reporter Stayajit Sena and cameraperson Sankarshan Patra from Kanak TV who were detained for five hours after filming RPF action against protesters at a local railway station. Passengers were protesting delays by sitting on the tracks and blocking trains from departing.

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BURUNDI MEDIA CRISIS TAKES CENTRE STAGE at WIDE RANGING DEBATE IN BRUSSELS

The IFJ was invited to a debate on the political crisis in Burundi which was organised by the Université Libre de Bruxelles. The crackdown on independent media was recurring issue on the evening. Watch the debate here

IFJ SAFETY FUND

The IFJ Safety Fund mobilised over 10.000 Euro in the month of June alone to provide assistance to Burundian journalists who have fled the country in the neighbouring countries.

JOURNALISTS KILLED IN JUNE

There have been six journalists (two in India, one Pakistan, in The Philippines, in Poland and in Syria) who lost their lives in work-related circumstances in the month of June. For details, please consult: http://ifj-safety.org/en/killings