International Federation of Journalists

The International Federation of
Journalists is the world's largest
organisation of journalists. First
established in 1926, it was
relaunched in 1946 and again, in its
present form, in 1952. Today the
Federation represents around
450,000 members in more than 100
The IFJ promotes international action
to defend press freedom and social
justice through strong, free and
independent trade unions of
The IFJ does not subscribe to any
given political viewpoint, but
promotes human rights, democracy
and pluralism.
The IFJ is opposed to discrimination
of all kinds and condemns the use of
media as propaganda or to promote
intolerance and conflict.
The IFJ believes in freedom of
political and cultural expression and
defends trade union and other basic
human rights.
The IFJ is the organisation that
speaks for journalists within the
United Nations system and within
the international trade union
The IFJ supports journalists and their
unions whenever they are fighting
for their industrial and professional
rights and has established an
International Safety Fund to provide
humanitarian aid for journalists in
IFJ policy is decided by the Congress
which meets every three years and
work is carried out by the Secretariat
based in Brussels under the direction
of a ruling 20-member Executive
Committee. Policy is defined by the
resolutions adopted at the last
Congress in Recife, 1998.



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