International Federation of Journalists Report Confirms Fear for Journalism After September 11

"The declaration of a "war on terrorism" by the United States and its international coalition has created a dangerous situation in which journalists have become victims as well as key actors in reporting events." writes Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary, in the final report on the aftermath of September 11 and the implications for journalism and civil liberties. Shortly after the September 11 th 2001 attacks on the United States, the IFJ carried out a brief survey with its member organisations seeking information about the immediate impact of the terrorist attacks. The report, to which journalists’ groups in 20 countries responded, was published in October 2001 and revealed fears of a fast-developing crisis for journalism and civil liberties. Some eight months later, these fears have been confirmed. The recently published final version of the report is based on information from IFJ members and press freedom groups. It reviews developments up until the beginning of  June 2002.

Full-text of IFJ Report: Report (pdf, 450k) IFJ: www.ifj.org

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