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World Press Freedom Day 2014: IFJ Urges Greater Protection for Journalists

02 May 2014

To mark World Press Freedom Day tomorrow, 3 May, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has today urged meaningful action to increase support and protection for the freedoms and rights of journalists and media workers.

The IFJ has called on all states, civil society organisations and individuals to actively defend freedom of expression and press freedom as fundamental rights.

The Federation has issued its call as it prepares to take part in a major UNESCO conference to mark World Press Freedom Day on 5-6 May in Paris under the theme of ‘Media Freedom for a Better Future.’

The event will focus on the three inter-related themes of media’s importance in development, safety of journalists and the rule of law, and the sustainability and integrity of journalism.

During the conference the IFJ will be hosting a high profile Safety of Journalists event aimed at highlighting press issues concerning the safety of journalists across the world and giving first-hand accounts of the daily experiences journalists face while doing their work.

Read more on www.ifj.org