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IFJ to hold its World Congress in Tunis next week

BRUSSELS, June 5 (KUNA) -- The 30th World Congress of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) will take place June 11-14 in Tunis.
Over 300 participants representing journalists unions and associations across the world will attend the Congress, which will put the future of journalism in the digital age at the top of its agenda, according to an IFJ press release.
The Congress, which will be the first to be held in an Arab country, will kick off next Tuesday with debates on three key issues: the future of journalism in the digital age, good trade union practices around the world and the "situation of journalism in the Middle East after the Arab Revolutions." Delegates will also discuss and adopt a new "IFJ Global Charter of Ethics for Journalists", which was first adopted in 1954 by the IFJ's World Congress and last amended in 1986. The Congress will also elect a new IFJ President and Executive Committee.
Current IFJ President, Philippe Leruth, said "the triennial IFJ Congress allows delegates from all over the world to meet, discuss the IFJ working program and elect a new Executive Committee and a new leadership.
"The Tunis Congress will be historical, as it is the first time the IFJ will hold its congress on the African continent and in an Arab country," he noted.
IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger, commented that the adoption of the Global Charter of Ethics for Journalists will be a milestone in the history of the IFJ because ethics was one of the IFJ's founding pillars when it was created in Paris in 1926.
"All journalists around the world will be able to identify themselves with the IFJ Global Charter of Ethics and use it to defend themselves against unscrupulous employers," he added.
The Brussels-based IFJ has 600,000 members from more than 180 affiliated unions in 140 countries. (end) nk.hb