The 31st IFJ World Congress was held at the Convention hall of the Muscat Oman from 31st May 2022 to 03rd June,2022.
The 31st May 2022 was a very significant day for Asia Pacific Region. After years of struggle it was able to establish a Federation for Asia Pacific Region called FAPaJ.
The FAPaJ becomes the fourth IFJ regional group after the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) and the Federación de Periodistas de América Latina y el Caribe (FEPALC) and comprises representatives from the Pacific, Western Asia, Eastern Asia, Southern Asia and Central Asia.
Federation of Asia Pacific Journalists Chaired by Ms. Sabina Indrajith and the rest of the executive will be as Follows:
Chairman : Ms. Sabina Inderjit, General-Secretary of the India Journalists Union (IJU) and IFJ Vice President, was elected as the first FAPaJ president.
Vice Chairman : Mr. Salem Al Jahwari was elected as FAPaJ Vice President .
Mr. Mousa Abdul Nour, Ali Yousef, Mohammad Alhammadi, Leigh Tonkin, Jonathan De Santos and Badri Sigdel elected as members of the Executive Committee.
The new federation adopted several resolutions, including voting unanimously to condemn the increasing assaults on the press in countries in the region including Afghanistan, Nepal, India, Myanmar and Hong Kong, and calling for increased monitoring of the arrests and trials of journalists and other press freedom violations.
The FAPaJ committed to protect the right to free speech, to strengthen free expression online and fight against laws which lead to internet shutdowns. Delegates also moved to condemn the killing of Palestinian journalist Shiren Abu Aqla, who was killed while covering Israeli army raids in the city of Jenin.