Human Rights

29 May 2013

The IFJ does not subscribe to any given political viewpoint, but promotes human rights, democracy and pluralism. The IFJ is opposed to discrimination of all kinds and condemns the use of media as propaganda or to promote intolerance and conflict. The IFJ believes in media pluralism and freedom of political and cultural expression. We defend trade union and other basic human rights by:


•  Protesting against physical threats, attacks and other attempts to silence or intimidate journalists, and by monitoring media regulation worldwide.

•  Combating racism by promoting debate within journalism, exchanging good practice and developing international initiatives.

•  Recognizing excellence in reporting human rights, democracy and development.

•  Working for women journalists’ rights in the workplaces and in the unions, encouraging discussion about the portrayal of gender in the media, and creating networks for women within the IFJ.

•  Raising awareness about the rights of children, integrating child rights in the professional code of ethics, supporting an international exchange of best practices between the unions, and enabling children to be seen and heard.

•  Campaigning on behalf of journalists within the UN as an organization with consultative status at the General Assembly and within the UNESCO as an organization with associate status.

•  Representing journalists, too, at regional level within the European Union and other regional organisations.