Call to action
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called on the international community to take special action to confront the human tragedy in Iraq where the killings of journalists and media staff have reached â€œshocking proportions that can no longer be ignored.â€
The IFJ was responding to the latest killings of five media workers in Iraq and the increasing frustration of Iraqi journalists who feel that their suffering is not being taken seriously by major players on the international media scene.
â€œThis is not a numbers game,â€ said IFJ General Secretary Aidan White. â€œThe international community must stand up and take fresh action to alleviate the distress of journalists and media under siege in Iraq.â€
The IFJ says it is working with the Iraqi Journalistsâ€™ Syndicate (IJS) and the Kurdistan Journalistsâ€™ Syndicate (KJS) to try to create self-defence mechanisms inside Iraq where at least 234 media workers have been killed since the invasion in 2003. link