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Ukraine: UNESCO implementing new emergency measures to protect journalists

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 19 marzo 2022

By Christian Flammia Paris. UNESCO announced new emergency measures to protect journalists in Ukraine, to help displaced Ukrainian journalist unions to continue their work and to support the free flow of information about the war. The Organization is providing an initial batch of 125 sets of Personal Protective Equipment as well as training on hostile environments. Thousands of journalists are reporting from the ground in Ukraine, many without the necessary protective equipment or training. This especially includes local Ukrainian journalists who previously reported on local issues and have been thrust into the role of war correspondents, unprepared for the risks they now face. UNESCO is providing them with an initial batch of 125 sets of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), consisting of bullet-proof press vests and helmets. They will be distributed from next week by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), via its Press Freedom Centre in L’viv, and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). NESCO is working with the International Federation of Journalists to relocate the offices of Ukraine’s two journalist unions to Poland, close to the border with Ukraine. This relocation will ensure that the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (NUJU), with more than 4000 members, and the Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine (IMTUU), with around 2000, can continue to provide practical support to all journalists in Ukraine and those who have fled to neighbouring countries.

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European Federation of Journalists (EFJ): We stand in solidarity in support of Ukraine

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 6 marzo 2022

Human rights, media freedom and journalists’ organisations issued a statement in condemnation of invasion and attacks on the press in Ukraine and Russia. We, the undersigned organisations, stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, but particularly Ukrainian journalists who now find themselves at the frontlines of a large-scale European war. We unilaterally condemn the violence and aggression that puts thousands of our colleagues all over Ukraine in grave danger. We call on the international community to provide any possible assistance to those who are taking on the brave role of reporting from the war zone that is now Ukraine. We condemn the physical violence, the cyberattacks, disinformation and all other weapons employed by the aggressor against the free and democratic Ukrainian press. We also stand in solidarity with independent Russian media who continue to report the truth in unprecedented conditions. By Christian Flammia

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Journalists Joint Lutheran-Catholic Commemoration in Sweden to highlight aid cooperation

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 ottobre 2016

aleppoThe Lutheran World Federation’s World Service and Caritas Internationalis will participate in the Joint Catholic-Lutheran commemoration of the reformation in Lund and Malmö on 31 October 2016.Pope Francis, LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan and LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge will lead the common prayer service in Lund and the event in Malmö in cooperation with leaders from Church of Sweden and the Catholic Diocese of Stockholm.
The Malmö Arena will be the stage for activities focusing on the commitment to common witness and service of Catholics and Lutherans in the world.Caritas and LWF World Service will be signing a Declaration of Intent, with the objective to strengthen the collaboration of the two organisations.“Diakonia or service is an area where we have already and continue to be able to find each other easily. It is a central calling to all Christians,” LWF World Service Director Maria Immonen said. “Our joint action unites and gives a deeper meaning to the slogan ‘Together in hope’. We work together, side by side, as we are called to do. It is outward looking – the face of the church to the world at large and open to collaboration with each other as well as other actors working for justice and peace.”
“The ecumenical events in Sweden will be more than commemoration, they will be the start of concrete action by Lutherans and Catholics in service of the world’s poor,” Caritas Internationalis’ Secretary General Michel Roy said.Highlights of the joint work of LWF World Service and Caritas Internationalis will be featured before and after the signing, including care for refugees, peace building and advocacy for climate justice.The arena visitors will hear testimonies from Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo, Olympic athlete Rose Nathike Lokonyen, who is a South Sudanesse refugee living in Kenya, Colombian peace activist Fr. Héctor Fabio Henao, Burundian humanitarian Marguerite Barankitse, and Pranita Biswasi, Indian activist for climate change.
Responding to the crisis in Syria will be a central focus, with a prayer for the end to the war said by 10,000 people at the arena and thousands more at events in Damascus in Syria, Geneva in Switzerland to St Paul in Minnesota (Minneapolis,US) and many other places around the world. The entire proceeds of the Malmö arena ticket sales (10 € per person) will be going to projects of LWF World Service to help young Syrian refugees in Jordan and to Caritas to support children in Aleppo.

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Journalists Stop bombing Aleppo appeal

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 12 ottobre 2016

aleppoOver 275,000 people face intensified daily bombardment in eastern Aleppo. 100,000 of the people trapped in the rebel controlled area are children. They are facing a humanitarian catastrophe. The near-continuous siege since mid-July has been compared to infamous massacres in Srebrenica and Rwanda.“The indiscriminate brutality witnessed in Aleppo must end. The people of Aleppo need an immediate ceasefire,” said Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Michel Roy.Health is the priority. Hospitals and clinics are in critical need of assistance. They are struggling to cope with insufficient supplies, staff or space to treat the injured. There is also an acute lack of food in the besieged area.“Humanitarian agencies need safe, full, regular and unimpeded access. Health infrastructure is devastated. Hundreds of patients in critical conditions need to be evacuated,” said Michel Roy.
On 28 September, Pope Francis said, “Dramatic news continues to reach me concerning the fate of the people of Aleppo, with whom, through prayer and spiritual closeness, I feel united in suffering.”Pope Francis appealed to those responsible for the bombing. He warned them that they will be “accountable to God” for their actions.“In expressing my deep sorrow and lively concern for what is happening in that already battered city – where children, the elderly, the sick, young and old, all are dying,” he said, “I renew my appeal to everyone to commit themselves with all their strength to the protection of civilians as an imperative and urgent obligation.”Humanitarian situation in Aleppo
About two thirds of all hospitals are no longer functioning due to frequent air strikes
The main trauma hospital was recently hit by an airstrike for the third time, leaving it completely unusable.
At least 95 percent of all doctors are gone, either because they fled, have been detained or are dead.
Despite the loss of medical facilities and staff, the health care system still manages to function enough to save lives every day.
In 2010, Aleppo had 33 hospitals, in August 2015 only 10 were still in function. Some hospitals in Aleppo have as few as 2 doctors for the whole facility.
Before the war, there was 1 doctor for every 800 people, in 2015 it 7000 people for 1 doctor.
People have been almost entirely cut off from food, electricity, medicine and water supply.
Peace is possible
Through its Syria: Peace is Possible campaign, Caritas is urging its supporters around the world to put pressure on their governments to:
Ensure all sides of the conflict come together to find a peaceful solutionSupport the millions of people affected by the war,
Give Syrians inside and outside the country dignity and hope.“Syrian people need peace and dignity,” said Bishop Antoine Audo, the Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo and Caritas Syria president, during an encounter with Pope Francis last week. “The solution for Syria is not military, it is political and it must come from inside Syria, from the people of Syria, not imposed from the outside.”

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Charities need to think like journalists to get better coverage

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 marzo 2016

Charities need to be able to respond to media requests quickly, relinquish control of the message and think more like journalists if they are to secure more and better media coverage, says Becky Slack, author of a new book, Effective Media Relations for Charities: What journalists want and how to deliver it. As part of the book launch on Tuesday (March 22), charity sector leaders were joined by a panel of national journalists from The Independent, The Metro online and Trinity Mirror to learn more about what the media looks for in a story and how they can work more effectively with them. Trinity Mirror journalist Keir Mudie made a plea for more charities to send in stories but emphasised the need for a news line, which he said is usually lacking.”It might be an interesting bit of research or an important survey, but we need a top line to get it into the newspaper,” said Mudie.
He emphasised the role of charities in providing case studies, which he said journalists need to give news a human angle.
Journalists on the panel emphasised the need to think about the audience of the media outlet charities are pitching to, as well as knowing when not to pitch.”Scan our website, it is easy to see our tone and what stories we are likely to be interested in,” said Ashita Nagesh from “And keep an eye on the news, if there is a big story breaking, wait until it calms down before making contact so your story isn’t lost.”Independent editor Hannah Fearn expressed the need for charity pitches to be well written, relevant to the news agenda and interesting. “Ninety-nine percent of what we do is pegged to the news agenda,” said Fearn. “Look at what we do and see how it can fit into that. Start a debate, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there or be controversial. Think about how your charity could relate to a news story. Your chief executive should be easily available to comment on events, the broader the range of issues the better, think about more than just your news.”Vicky Browning, director of CharityComms and event chair identified the top three challenges faced by charity PRs when securing press coverage for their stories as lack of time and resources, journalists not being interested in their stories or only wanting negative ones and not knowing whom to contact to get press coverage.According to the book’s author, to secure the coverage charities want and need, they first need to understand journalism. “The most successful PR teams are those that think like journalists,” said Slack. “PR should not be an extension of your marketing department. Working with the media is about a genuine opportunity to engage with wider audiences on the issues that matter to charities.
“If charities want coverage they have to work fast. They have to provide journalists with what they want, when they want it and in the format they want it in. If charities want to avoid more negative coverage in the press, they need to communicate how they operate. News is something that is new, shocking or surprising. Charities need to be transparent so the way they work becomes normalised.”
Effective Media Relations for Charities: What journalists want and how to deliver it was authored by Becky Slack, a social affairs journalist, and founder and managing director of Slack Communications. It has been produced in conjunction with CharityComms and is published by Social Partnership Marketing. The launch took place at the offices of Berwin Leighton Paisner in London.

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Report Unesco over journalists murdered

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 26 marzo 2010

Paris. The number of journalists murdered is increasing, according to a UNESCO report to be published on 25 March. Most victims, says the report, are targeted in countries that are at peace, but where revealing sensitive information – about drug trafficking, violation of human rights or corruption – can mean risking one’s life.  Of the 28 countries where media professionals were killed in 2006-2007, which UNESCO had asked to provide information concerning the status of judicial inquiries, 15 responded with detailed reports.  Entitled “The safety of journalists and the risk of impunity”, the report is being released on the occasion of the meeting of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) at UNESCO (24 to 26 March). A follow-up to an earlier report published in 2008, it stresses that the absence of threat is “essential to protect the right of all citizens to reliable information and the right of journalists to provide it without fearing for their security.” In 2008-2009, UNESCO condemned the murder of 125 journalists, a tally comparable to the previous period – 2006-2007 – when the Organization had reported 122 murders. At least 80% of these deaths are due to attacks specifically targeting the victims, emphasizes the report: “in particular deliberate attacks by those who do not wish journalists to investigate and reveal information of public interest.”   However, when the figures are analysed on an annual basis, last year set a new record with 77 murders reported by UNESCO in 2009, exceeding the previous record in 2006 (69 deaths), a period when violence in Iraq was omnipresent. Moreover, the major reductions recorded in 2007 (53 murders reported) and in 2008 (48), were largely due to the improvement of the situation in Iraq.   As for the peak seen in 2009, it can be partly explained by the murder of approximately 30 journalists in only one day, in an ambush in the Philippines on 23 November 2009. This exceptional event has put the country at the top of the list, with 37 murders targeting journalists, ahead of Iraq, where the number of victims fell from 62 to 15 between 2006-2007 and 2008-2009.   Another significant development in 2008-2009, as noted in the report, is that the percentage of murders not linked to conflict situations considerably increased compared to 2006-2007. The great majority of the victims were not foreign war correspondents but local journalists who were generally working on issues of local interest in countries at peace. In the great majority of cases (95%), the victims were men.   The 2010 report notes that “sadly, the frequency of acts of violence against journalists is increasing. In most cases, impunity precludes the way of justice, and if this trend prevails, journalists will remain easy targets. Needless to say this represents a severe threat to freedom of expression and to our ability to seek the truth.”  During its 27th session, the Intergovernmental Council of the IPDC will consider the draft decision recommending that the IPDC continue monitoring the follow-up of killings condemned by UNESCO’s Director-General. It also invites the UNESCO General Conference to propose that a one-minute silence be observed in newsrooms worldwide on World Press Freedom Day (3 May) to honour the journalists killed each year. Since 1997, the Director-General of UNESCO has undertaken to condemn systematically any physical attacks on journalists, following Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference during its 29th session. This Resolution requested governments to adopt the principle that there should be no status of limitations for crimes against a person when these are perpetrated to prevent freedom of expression but also the right of other people to receive information. It also urged the competent authorities to “discharge their duty of preventing, investigating and punishing such crimes, and remedying their consequences.”  The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, has stressed that “only the political willingness of States to bring to justice the murderers of journalists and thus put an end to impunity will, finally, be the best protection for press professionals.”

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