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ARAB JOURNALISTS OPEN MEDIA FREEDOM OBSERVATORY IN MOROCCO

A new observatory on press and media freedom in the Arab world has been launched in Morocco, reports the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

The observatory was opened in Rabat on 10 July by IFJ and the Federation of Arab Journalists (FAJ) to monitor press freedom and document the social and professional conditions of journalists throughout the region.

"We will now have the tools to scrutinise the state of press freedom in the region and issue authoritative up-to-date and diversified information on a vast range of media issues," says IFJ president Jim Boumelha. IFJ hopes the centre, to be run by IFJ affiliate the Moroccan National Press Syndicate (Syndicat National de la Presse Marocaine, SNPM) on behalf of FAJ, will also become "an organising hub for all our campaigns in the region to advance social and professional rights for all Arab journalists."

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- IFJ: http://www.ifj.org/default.asp?Index=5119&Language=EN
(17 July 2007)

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