INTERNATIONAL JOURNALISTS' NETWORK,
January 3, 2005
BOSNIAN JOURNALISTS LAUNCH NEW UNION
After two years of negotiations, three
of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s six journalism unions have merged into one the new
Journalists’ Union of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ) reported.
The new union replaces the Independent
Union of Professional Journalists, the Association of Journalists APEL, and the
Independent Union of Journalists of Republika Srpska.
IFJ said it has been working toward
merging all six unions since 1998, when the associations signed a memorandum
agreeing to cooperate in the defense of journalists’ rights.
IFJ General Secretary Aidan White said
the merger was long overdue.
“This new union offers a challenge to
other groups in the country to join in a process of unity and solidarity that
can only strengthen the cause of free journalism for the future,” White said.
“Together journalists will be much better placed to defend their rights and
serve the public with quality, objective information.”
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date of release on this site 12/01/05