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    It is addressed to all colleagues interested in quality, honest, responsible and ethical journalism. In journalism that is looking for truth, justice, equality, and that in covering wars and conflicts is looking not for sensation, but for human destiny and possible ways of peace keeping and peace communication. Women reporters work a lot on this peace communication, in all countries of the globe. And we decided to start our discussion sharing reports and analyses of women journalists' experiences. And we hope that this experience of peace communication can help us to overcome hate speech which is so well spread in the media, and create a new language in the media that we need, a language of the future.

 
 
RUJ Statement on the death of Natalya Estemirova
Active ImageOn Wednesday 15 July our colleague, the well-known human rights activist and journalist Natalya Estemirova was murdered, after being abducted near her home in Grozny. Natalya worked for the Memorial human rights society, wrote for Novaya gazeta, was awarded the first Women in War award (inaugurated in memory of Anna Politkovskaya) and participated in many discussions and programmes organised by the Russian Union of Journalists.

She was a consistent critic of human rights abuses in Chechnya and the North Caucasus as a whole, and was convinced that the determination and courage of those who were not prepared to put up with this lawlessness would win in the end. That was the subject of her articles and her talks: her last publication appeared after her death. That was the belief and cause for which Natalya gave her life.

This murder took place just a month after a report by the International Federation of Journalists was launched in Moscow, concerning violence against those working in the media in Russia. The RUJ forwarded the text of that report and official letters to the Russian President, those in charge of the key ministries and government departments, expressing the hope that together we could overcome this disgraceful stain on our present existence.

The murder of Natalya Estemirova leaves us feeling angry and helpless. Yet we remain convinced that if President Medvedev gives instructions for those responsible to be punished, his orders will be obeyed. We are heartened by the fact that, for the first time in many years, the leader of the country has immediately reacted to such a tragedy with a firm and principled response. We feel sure our colleagues will display solidarity and not let this crime be forgotten. Together journalists and NGOs in Russia must demand that the authorities carry out the orders of the president and let society know how the investigation is proceeding.

We are sure those responsible for the murder will be punished and that the killing with impunity of journalists will come to an end in Russia. The Russian Union of Journalists is beginning a campaign to expose and combat violence against the media in Russia. It calls on all who are concerned about the future of journalism to join us.

Russian Union of Journalists
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Moscow
 
Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem
First, I'm so grateful for the kindness, energy, and hard work that have brought this room together. It's very rare in the Internet era that we come together physically. And it is so important. We have reflector cells in our brains that allow us to communicate with all five senses. And we're deprived of them in many of the forms that we use. So I have faith in this coming together and its ability to produce leaps of the imagination and understanding that can be continued in a technological era.

And also I saw in the program that I'm here for an hour but I would like to imitate the Chinese women who in times when they were not allowed to go to school invented their own entire language and they always wrote in a column down the center of a page so the reader could add to whatever they said. So I will not take up my whole hour because I think you're all part of this speech and we'll all create what would have been one speech.

We come, I know, from very different situations. Some of us have 70 percent of the journalistic workforce that is female. Others have much smaller percentage. But I believe that all of us share the problem of not having what we say in English - the clout positions. In the United States only three percent of the clout positions that are those that can decide whether a story is telecast or put on the web or put on the radio – only three percent are women. Nonetheless I think we have come to a critical mass in power – when we can truly begin to change the way that conflict and post-conflict are covered – and I'm very grateful to the studies they've done before because they have shown that that is true – that in general women stay longer on the scene of conflict and more likely to report the human cost of the conflict and to see different things.

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International workshop took place in Moscow, February 2, 2009

International workshop took place in Moscow, February 2, 2009
International workshop took place in Moscow, February 2, 2009
International workshop "Women Journalists: Building Bridges Across Conflicts / New Experiences of Peace Communication" took place in Moscow, February 2, 2009. The workshop was initiated by the Russian Union of Journalists, Glasnost Defense Foundation, UNESCO, Russian PEN, and International Federation of Journalists with the support of the Ford Foundation.

More than 20 war correspondents from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Iran, Russia, Georgia, Belgium, Italy, USA, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Israel, and Palestine gathered to share professional experience and future strategies of peace communications.

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Opening address of Aidan White

Aidan White
Aidan White
Aidan White
I want to say thanks very much for the invitation and I will just say a couple of words. This meeting is really very important, it's a kick-off meeting, and I hope it's a start for a process that will intensify and reach out right into the network of journalists organizations in the world.
Because it's reaching into an area where that I think we in journalism are going to face a real challenge in these difficult days.
Which is about reporting on conflict, understanding conflict in the context of is happening in the world and really identifying the stories that actually are not being told.

In a couple of days time we'll be releasing this report which is the annual report of the killings of journalists.
And under although each statistic is important, and behind each is a terrible personal tragedy. And although last year we saw a reduction in the number of journalists targeted and killed.

In the first days of 2009 the rate of killing of journalists has been as high as ever.

 

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IFJ Launches Booklet to Engage Media professionals in Fight Against Gender Discrimination

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IFJ Launches Booklet to Engage Media professionals in Fight Against Gender Discrimination

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has today called on media professionals and unions activists to join the fight against gender discrimination by releasing a booklet on gender equality.

“One of the greatest challenges facing journalists, both men and women, is to resist the culture of casual stereotype in our everyday work, said IFJ General Secretary Aidan White. “It takes argument, debate, training and practical commitment to confront discrimination wherever it lurks”.

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