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New website dedicated to media safety, combating impunity

On 2 August 2013, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) launched a website dedicated to the safety and protection of media.

The website will provide a one stop portal for all IFJ activities to promote the safety of journalists and to combat the impunity for violence targeting media.

"With the continued onslaught on journalists in trouble spots around the globe, hundreds of reporters, editors and their support staff face persecution, intimidation, torture and even death simply for doing their job," said IFJ President Jim Boumelha.

"The International Federation of Journalists now plays a unique role in safeguarding the lives of journalists everywhere. The launch of the IFJ safety website marks a new chapter in our history, making it a vital tool for journalists and their unions to manage risk, raise awareness, provide safety training and advice, create a culture of safety and join the campaign to end impunity."

The website provides information on the strategies, programmes and activities related to the safety and human rights of journalists, including details on the IFJ International Safety Fund.

There will be regular advice on safety for journalists who need to work or travel to regions affected by conflicts, political instability and outbreak of diseases as well as natural disasters.

The IFJ has over the years produced a wide range of tools designed to help journalists prepare for working in difficult environment and under their rights to life and physical security which are binding on governments.

"This new website will provide journalists with access to this material but also enable them to take part in the campaign we wage on their behalf," added Beth Costa, IFJ General Secretary. "We intend to make it as much interactive as possible and their views on the services we provide to them will be highly appreciated."

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