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​Seventh Issue of IFJ Focus on Safety

05 June 2015

Welcome to the seventh 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:

UN SECURITY COUNCIL ADOPTS SECOND RESOLUTION 2222 ON PROTECTION OF JOURNALISTS

The UN Security Council adopted on 27 May at it 74509th meeting in New YorkResolution 2222 (2015)on the protection of Journalists. The Council, which underscored the urgency and importance of the protection of journalists, condemned all abuses and violationscommitted against journalists,including killings, kidnappings and hostage taking.

The resolution called for unconditional release of journalists taken hostage, urged government to ensure accountability for crime against media professionals and, for the first time, affirmed that "United Nations peacekeeping and special political missions, where appropriate should include in their mandated reporting information on specific acts of violence against journalists, media professionals and associated personnel in situation of armed conflict."

The full text of the UN Security Council Resolution 2222 is available here. You can also read all about it in our'Top News Story'section of this website here

IFJ Takes Part in Media Safety and Conflict Reporting Training in Dakar

As part of the IFJ-ICRC partnership in the promotion of journalists’ safety, the International Federation of Journalists took part in a training on reporting armed conflicts organised by the ICRC regional delegation in Dakar, Senegal. During the three-day training, which brought together twenty –three journalists from 12 countries, the IFJ contributed expertise on practical aspects of journalists’ safety, reporting on armed conflict and international criminal justice as well as ethics in war coverage. Read more here

IFJ Appalled by Massive Attacks in Media in Burundi

The International Federation of Journalists strongly condemned the attacks with heavy weapons on media premises during fighting on 13 May between soldiers who attempted to overthrow President Pierre Nkurunziza and loyalist forces in Bujumbura. Read more here

IFJ and EFJ Back Council of Europe Secretary General of Council of Europe on making protection of journalists a reality

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) hosted the Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE) Thorbjørn Jagland, during his visit to Brussels. The two organisations welcomed his steadfast commitment to protecting journalism and the safety of journalists in the 47 member states of the Council of Europe, with the launch at the end of 2014 of an online platform to monitor media violations and promote the safety of journalists.

Prior to the press conference about the platform on Tuesday 19 May in Brussels, Jagland participated in a meeting at the headquarters of the IFJ and the EFJ with the other partners (Reporter Without Borders – RSF, Article 19, Association of European Journalists -AEJ). Read more here.

Outrage at Myanmar Military Court Acquittal of Journalist’s Killers in Secret Decision

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) andthe South East Asia Journalist Unions (SEAJU)demand a full investigation into the secret acquittal of the unnamed soldiers charged with murdering Burmese freelance journalist Aung Kyaw Naing in Myanmar last year.

According to reports, the Myanmar Military Court has acquitted two soldiers for the murder of Aung Kyaw Naing, known as Par Gyi, who was shot dead by the military on October 4, 2014 in the south eastern province of Mon State in suspicious circumstances. Read more here.

Police Commandos Attack Court Reporters in Pakistan

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) condemned the attack on journalists outside the Sindh High Court on 23 May.

Masked commandos of the Special Security Unit of the Sindh Police attacked a number of journalists who were covering the appearance of former provincial home minister’s appearance at the registrar’s office.

Following the incident, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qain Ali Shah appointed DIG Dr Ameer Shaikh to investigate, a decision welcomed by the IFJ and PFUJ. Read more here

Indonesian journalists Beaten at Jakarta Protest

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its Indonesian affiliate, Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI), in calling for a swift investigation into attacks on four journalists in Jakarta, Indonesia by private security guards on 27 April. Read more here.

IFJ Urges Transparent Investigation into Journalist’s Death in Iraq

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joined its affiliate, the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate (IJS), in its demand for a full and transparent investigation into the death of Iraqi journalist Raed al-Juburi, who was found dead in his Baghdad home on 5 May.

According to media reports, Raed al-Juburi, who hosted a TV show on Al-Rasheed channel and wrote a column in Azzaman newspaper, was found dead with a bullet wound to his heart in his home in Baghdad's Qadisiyah neighborhood. Read more here.

Journalists in Targeted Attack at World Press Freedom Day Rally in Occupied Territories

The International Federation of Journalists condemned the deliberate attack in the occupied territories on Palestinian journalists’ demonstration organised by its Palestinian affiliate, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS)to mark World Press Freedom Day. The PJS President and 2 other colleagues were injuredin this attack. Read more here

UN Action Urged for Media Protection in Yemen

The International Federation of Journalists backed its affiliate the Yemen Journalists' Syndicate (YJS) in urging the United Nations (UN) to investigate the killings of Yemeni journalists Abdullah Kabil and Yousef Alaizry. The journalists died in the southwestern province of Dhamar after being kidnapped by Houthis and held in a building which was bombed the following day by the Saudi-led coalition's jet fighters. Read more here.

Qatar Arrest BBC News Crew for ‘Trespassing’ in Doha

Four BBC staff were accused by Qatari authorities for ‘trespassing’ and held for two days before being released. The journalists were invited in the country to report on the accommodations facilities for construction workers. .

The International Federation of Journalists and its affiliate in the UK and Ireland, the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), condemned the arrests and called on the authorities in Qatar to respect journalists’ legitimate right to report. Read more here.

Journalists killed in May 2015

Four journalists were killed during the month of May, according to IFJ's list of journalists and media staff killed. The victims lost their lives in Brazil (1), Mexico (1) and Yemen (2). For details, please visit: http://ifj-safety.org/en/killings/killed