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Eighteen IFEX members sign appeal on Iraq crisis

(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is a joint action signed by 18 IFEX members:

We, the undersigned IFEX members, appeal to all countries currently involved in the Iraq crisis to ensure that there is:

1. No targeting of media personnel or their equipment by any side in the conflict;

2. Full respect for the rights of journalists and media staff under international law;

3. Recognition of the need for the free flow of information and no political or military censorship or interference in reporting by journalists, even when they are travelling under military protection.

We also recommend that journalists and media not working under military protection give priority to safety measures, including only working from secured areas and using "pooling" arrangements between different media to reduce risks.


International Federation of Journalists
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
Cartoonists Rights Network
Center for Human Rights and Democratic Studies, Nepal
Ethiopian Free Press Journalists' Association
Free Media Movement
Greek Helsinki Monitor
Hong Kong Journalists Association
Instituto Prensa y Sociedad
International Press Institute
Journalists' Trade Union (JuHI)
Media Institute of Southern Africa
Norwegian PEN
PEN Canada
Society of Professional Journalists
Thai Journalists Association
World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)
World Association of Newspapers

International Federation of Journalists

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