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“Live to Tell” – Invitation to debate safety of journalists

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The International News Safety Institute (INSI) invites you to a critical debate on the safety of journalists under current and future threat. INSI, a non-profit charity backed by a unique coalition of concerned news organisations, humanitarian groups and individual journalists, seeks to help colleagues survive all kinds of hostile environments, from killings and kidnappings to warfare and natural disasters. It is the only journalist organisation in the world solely focused on safety. In the past seven years the threats have …

INSTITUTE APPEALS TO SOUTH AFRICAN ICON TO RESIST APARTHEID MEDIA CONTROL LAWS

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NEWS RELEASE RELEASE TIME: 20 October 2010, 9.00am Institute of Journalists Calls on Nelson Mandela to resist legislation THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF JOURNALISTS has appealed directly to Nelson Mandela in an effort to stop Draft legislation to control and censor the media in South Africa, reminiscent of apartheid-era laws. Following a formal letter to South African President Jacob Zuma, the President of the CIoJ, Liz Justice, and the Chairman of the CIoJ’s International Division, Alun Hill, have asked the former …

Freedom of Information enforcement action

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has today published a list of organisations that are being monitored because it appears they are not meeting the requirement to respond to freedom of information requests on time. http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/pressreleases/2010/ico_statement_monitored_authorities.pdf http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/library/freedom_of_information/notices/list_of_ico_monitored_bodies.pdf

APARTHEID MEDIA CONTROL LAWS RE-EMERGE IN SOUTH AFRICA

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NEWS RELEASE RELEASE TIME: 24 September 2010, 9.00am Institute of Journalists Calls on President Zuma to block legislation Draft legislation to control and censor the media in South Africa, reminiscent of apartheid-era laws, has been strongly criticised by the Chartered Institute of Journalists, London. A formal joint letter has been sent to South African President Jacob Zuma by the President of the CIoJ, Liz Justice, and the Chairman of the CIoJ’s International Division, Alun Hill, “to make sure that this …

UK MEDIA ORGANISATIONS WARN OF AMATEUR “PRESS PASS”

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Police forces and other organisations are warned today about a so-called “press pass” which is being sold by Demotix, the amateur journalists’ website. UK Press Card Authority chair Mike Granatt said: “The Demotix ‘press pass’ is nothing of the sort, despite the fact that it is designed to look like a genuine journalists’ identity document. “The National Press Card is the card of professional journalists within the UK. All the major media organisations, associations and trades unions are part of …

INSTITUTE MEMBERS VISIT BRUSSELS INSTITUTIONS

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21 -23 June, 2010 Several Pandora’s boxes were opened up to members of the CIoJ who went on an information visit to Brussels in mid-June. Members went on a three-day visit to NATO, SHAPE and some of the European Union institutions. They had useful meetings with senior officials and informed specialists at each institution visited. The visit concentrated on the defence of Europe and on how the different institutions co-operate to ensure Europe’s security. Organised by CIoJ Brussels representative John …

Outline Programme – NATO, SHAPE and the European Parliament

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Sunday, 20th June London St. Pancras International Station 14.34 Eurostar train to Brussels Arrive 17.33 at Brussels Midi Take Metro to De Brouckere, Go to adjacent Aparthotel Adagio, Boulevard Anspach 20 Evening free Monday, 21st June 08.00 Bus leaves hotel; go to NATO headquarters 08.45 Arrive NATO security/passport control 9.15 – 12.30 Briefings and discussion by and with representatives of NATO international staff 12.30-14.00 Lunch at NATO restaurant 14.00-17.30 Briefings (and discussion) by representatives of NATO international staff and of …

TURKEY WARNED NO EU MEMBERSHIP WITHOUT FREE MEDIA

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NEWS RELEASE RELEASE DATE: 19 April 2010 Institute protests at jailing of Kurdish editors The Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIoJ) has sent a protest at the way Turkey continues to ignore the European Convention of Human Rights, of which it is a signatory, and to imprison senior journalists for writing about the activities of the PKK, the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party. It also calls for the immediate release of journalists now in prison for writing and publishing articles about the …

CIoJ welcomes Select Committee findings

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NEWS RELEASE RELEASE DATE: 6 APRIL 2010 CIoJ welcomes Select Committee findings The first job for the ‘Commons Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee after the election should be to push the Department for Communities and Local Government into action over council-run newspapers. “Having highlighted the breaches on government guidelines for these propaganda sheets, the MPs who will form the new Select Committee should make it their urgent business to see that the controversy is ended once and for all …

Institute urges release of British journalist

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NEWS RELEASE Release time: 19 February 2010 The Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIoJ) has written to Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and asked for the immediate release of film-maker and freelance journalist Paul Martin. President of the CIoJ, Liz Justice said: “This was an unprecedented step against a foreign journalist who had properly requested papers to work in Gaza and was approved for a visa to work as a journalist in the country. “To arrest someone who is willing to …