Journalists meet to discuss threats to press freedom

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More than 300 delegates representing journalists unions across the world are gathered in Angers, France for the 29th World Congress of the International Federation of Journalists, which will run from tomorrow until the 10th of June.
Top of the agenda will be debates and discussions about the safety of journalists, defending and extending press freedom, intrusive surveillance, access to information, ethics, copyright, rights at work and gender equality.
A special session will be devoted to recruiting, organising and providing services to young journalists.
Elections will also be held for President and the Executive Committee.
The conference will open with a special celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the IFJ in France in 1926 – which from humble beginnings has grown today in to the world’s largest journalists organisation, representing 600,000 journalists in 140 countries.
During the conference delegates will attend a special commemorative march for the murdered journalist Camille Lepage who came from Angers and was killed in the Central African Republic in 2014.
IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger said: “We return to France after 90 years to pay tribute to those visionaries who helped build international solidarity among journalists but also to talk about how to protect and improve the rights of journalists across the globe at a time when journalism is under such unprecedented attack.”

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