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May 26, 2009

IFJ launches emergency appeal for journalists caught in North Pakistan conflict

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is launching an emergency appeal to provide emergency financial support to more than 100 journalists and their families who were forced to flee the intense conflict in northern Pakistan in late May 2009. The specific objectives of this internal appeal are to enable the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and the Khyber Union of Journalists to: Offer emergency assistance to an overwhelming number of journalists and their families who... MORE
May 25, 2009

European journalists outline quality strategies to resolve media crisis

Journalists have launched a Europewide campaign to confront a growing economic and professional crisis in media which they say threatens to weaken democracy across the region. The annual meeting of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), bringing together leaders of unions and associations from 25 European countries, ended their meeting in Varna, Bulgaria on May 17 with the adoption of a comprehensive declaration—Journalism in the Vanguard of Change—and an appeal to candidates in the... MORE
May 25, 2009

Historic day in Baghdad as IFJ launches support programme for Iraqi journalists

Leaders of journalists unions from around the world travelled to Baghdad at the weekend for a conference on support for media in Iraq— the first international meeting of any kind in the city since the war began six years ago. The Iraqi Journalism Summit 2009 was organised by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate and was warmly welcomed by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki who at the opening pledged government support for media development plans... MORE
May 15, 2009

Emergency funds for journalists who have had to flee Swat valley fighting

Paris-based Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has sent emergency funds to help the dozens of Swat valley journalists who have been forced to flee the area because of fighting between the Pakistani army and the Taliban. More than 30 journalists and their families have had to seek refuge in Peshawar and other cities since the army launched its offensive against Islamist militants in the Swat valley. The valley’s newspapers have had to stop publishing and most of their journalists are now without... MORE
February 26, 2009

Hearst Corp threatens to close down loss-making SF Chronicle, lay off journalists

San Francisco may become the largest US city to lose its main daily newspaper after Hearst Corp threatened to sell or close the San Francisco Chronicle unless it can push through more job cuts, Bllomberg News has reported. The publisher, already trying to sell the Seattle Post- Intelligencer , said Tuesday that it would seek voluntary buyouts for a “significant” number of its 1,500 employees after the San Francisco Chronicle lost $50 million last year. The announcement follows two newspaper... MORE
January 29, 2009

IFJ supports striking journalists at Tunisian state broadcaster

The International Federation of Journalists has announced its support for Tunisian journalists currently on strike at Tunisian state Radio Television. The 150 journalists, cameramen and other technicians have been organising a sit-in since Monday in protest against the failure of management to provide them with proper full contracts in line with Tunisian labour legislation. "It is unacceptable that journalists, some of whom have been working for the TV for ten years or more, are being refused... MORE
January 22, 2009

Zimbabwean broadcaster's bid to fire journalists over unfavourable Mugabe coverage fails

Zimbabwe's Retrenchment Board has ruled against the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings' (ZBH) bid to retrench six of its journalists who were suspended in June 2008 on allegations of "acting in a manner inconsistent with the fulfillment of the implied conditions" of their contracts, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has reported. Monica Gavela, Patrice Makova, Garikai Chaunza, Bright Paradza, Robert Tapfumaneyi and Sibonginkosi Mlilo were suspended following allegations that... MORE
January 20, 2009

Denver Post union votes to reopen contract

Union workers at the Denver Post have voted to enter into formal discussions with the newspaper's owner to reopen contract talks in a bid to trim expenses at the ailing newspaper, the Associated Press (AP) has reported. Denver Post owner William Dean Singleton wants $2 million in wage and benefits givebacks from its union workers. That’s roughly 20-25 fulltime positions at the daily newspaper. The AP report said: [ Link ] Meanwhile, there was still no word Monday night on a potential buyer for... MORE
January 15, 2009

Gannett asks its employees to take a week off without pay, freezes wages for one year

USA Today publisher Gannett Co has imposed one-week unpaid furloughs for most of its US employees, saying the move could help minimize the need for further layoffs amid a severe advertising downturn, the Associated Press (AP) reported on Wednesday. USA Today also declared a one-year freeze on wages effective February 1. Although Gannett is regarded by many analysts as one of the most financially sound US newspaper publishers, the economic recession and the ongoing migration of advertising to... MORE
January 15, 2009

As Mecom quits, EFJ calls for quality on German media agenda

The decision by troubled media company Mecom to sell its prize German assets is a golden opportunity to abandon reckless cutbacks and put quality journalism back on the media agenda, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) has said. Mecom, a transnational giant based in Britain and funded by investment bankers, has bought up hundreds of newspaper titles across Europe over the past few years and has become notorious for enforcing tough editorial cutbacks and changes to squeeze profits out... MORE