UN: IFJ leads call for action to fight impunity

Launching of the campaign for a UN Convention on the Safety and Independence of Journalists and Other Media Professionals at the 51st session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Credit: Dina Abu Saab.

Geneva, October 4, 2022 – The campaign for a new binding international instrument dedicated to the safety of journalists has been formally launched at the 51st session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The call for a new UN Convention to enhance the safety, protection and independence of media workers has been backed by journalists and media unions, associations, media representative bodies and NGOs across the world.

Forward Stride in Safeguarding Sri Lankan Journalists’ Rights FMETU-IFJ-UTU 2022 Program

The Federation of Media Employees Trade Unions, FMETU is pleased to announce a major stride forward in its efforts to protect journalists’   rights and enhance professionalism amongst Journalists in Sri Lanka

This is facilitated by FMETU – IFJ (International Federation of Journalists) Union-to-Union program 2022.

The primary objective of the FJ-UTU 2022 program is to strengthen the professional rights of FMETU member journalists and media workers.  In this context, we are collecting information on the professional status of a representative sample of journalists, island-wide and presenting this information through an online database.

The project also facilitates us to empower young journalists by linking them with senior journalists and discussing with them about professional rights and responsibilities of journalists and the role of media trade unions. The young journalists are being empowered further by training them on mobile journalism and supporting them to produce 15 short videos on professional issues.

The IFJ-UTU support program for strengthening regional media organizations is managed annually by the IFJ Asia Pacific office. The main objective of the program is to equip members with the necessary knowledge and skills to play an effective role as a trade union in the new global digital economy. The program is designed to educate journalists and media workers in order to lobby and stand up for the basic professional rights of journalists.

FMETU kicked off the project to empower members with two webinars in the local languages, Sinhala and Tamil languages with the participation of 300 journalists from all over the country.

On September 3, the training on mobile journalism will be conducted through a full-day workshop. The lead resource person is Dr. Sameera Thilakawardena, Ph.D., a Communications expert, specializing in digital media and cinema.

After the training, 15 investigative videos on professional issues and challenges faced by journalists and media workers will be produced and shared through the fmetu.org website.

At the conclusion of the program, an analytical report on the professional issues and challenges of journalists will be released on the internet through fmetu.org. The Federation of Media Employees Trade Union also intends to present this report to the relevant Government authorities and lobby for critical changes.

The Secretary of the Federation of Media Employees Trade Unions told fmetu.org that the primary objective of this program is to establish a group of professional journalists who are entitled to social security and other rights enjoyed by employees in Sri Lanka.


FMETU invites   journalists who are interested in joining the campaign to register their support by logging on to the link https://tinyurl.com/FMETU-PROFILE before 5 September 2022



Sri Lanka: Security forces attack journalists and unarmed protestors

22 July 2022
Sri Lanka: Security forces attack journalists and unarmed protestors

by IFJ
Sri Lankan security forces carried out a violent raid on the Galle Face protest site in Colombo on July 22, attacking and detaining journalists and unarmed protestors. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its Sri Lankan affiliates, the Free Media Movement (FMM), the Federation of Media Employees Trade Unions (FMETU) and the Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association (SLWJA), strongly condemn the brutal attacks on the media and call on the new Sri Lankan government to end its assault on press freedom.

The newly elected members of the IFJ Executive Committee #IFJCongress2022

The 31st World Congress of the International Federation of Journalists was took place from May 31 until June 3 in Muscat, Oman. Over 250 participants representing journalists’ unions and associations from 92 countries will attend the Congress, with key themes including the surveillance of journalists and action to end impunity for crimes against media workers.
IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger, said: “The IFJ has a strong history of international journalist federations across the world. The Asia Pacific region was the missing piece. We hope the Federation of Asia Pacific Journalists (FAPaJ) will be a strong platform for journalists and media workers in this diverse and important region.”
The IFJ represents more than 600,000 journalists in 140 countries
Twitter: @ifjasiapacific, on Facebook: IFJAsiaPacific and Instagram

President Dominique Pradalié

SNJ – France



Senior Vice President



Zuliana Lainez Otero

ANP – Peru


Vice-President s



Nasser Abu Baker / Sabina Inderjit              

PJS – Palestine/ Indian Journalists Union






Jim Boumelha

National Union of Journalists (NUJ)

Advisers Mohamed Al Araimi

OJA – Oman


Dhairan Almutairi

KJA – Kuwait


Maria José Braga

FENAJ – Brazil



Larry Goldbetter



Adriana Hurtado

FECOLPER – Colombia


Mohamed Yassine Jelassi

SNJT – Tunisia


Joachim Kreibich

dju in verdi – Germany




Raffaele Lorusso

FNSI – Italy


Filemón Medina

Sindicato de Periodistas de Panama


Marion Medjo Obam

SNJC – Cameroon


Luis Menendez

FAPE – Spain


Jennifer Moreau

UNIFOR – Canada


Omar Faruk Osman

NUSOJ – Somalia


Adam Portelli

MEAA – Australia


Maria Luisa Rogério

SJA – Angola


Ali Youssef

ORLB – Lebanon

Reserve Advisers





Eduardo Constantino

SNJ – Mozambique


Stephen Ouma Bwire

UJU – Uganda




Rashid Al Hamer

BJA – Bahrain

Mohammed Al Hammadi






Serhiy Shturkhetskyy

IMTUU – Ukraine


Latin America



Jose Altagracia Guzman Beato

SNTP – Dominican Republic


Domingo Vargas






Karen Percy

MEAA – Australia


Leigh Tonkin

MEAA – Australia

General Reserve Advisers



Indira Priyadarshini Nawagamuwa

FMETU – Sri Lanka


Wanchi You

ATJ – Taiwan



The 31st IFJ World Congress Muscat -Oman

FAPAJ Members

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 traditional Sri Lankan Handloom Industry rich with a Sri Lankan Heritage

Handlooms constitute a timeless aspect of the rich cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. As an economic activity, the handlooms occupy a place providing a livelihood to the people. The element of art and craft present in Sri Lankan handlooms makes it a potential sector for the upper segments of domestic and global market.
Handlooms form a precious part of the generational legacy and illustrates the richness and diversity of our culture and the artistry of the weavers. Handloom is supreme in its flexibility and versatility, permitting experimentation and encouraging innovation. Weavers with their skillful blending of myths, symbols and imagery provide their fabric an appealing dynamism.

Important Days in Month of January

6th -January: World war orphan day
Wars leave an immeasurable loss to soldiers’ families and people of that war country on both sides, so to address the war orphans as it has become a growing worldwide humanitarian and social crisis, world war orphan day is celebrated.
10th-January: World Hindi Day
To emphasize the  Hindi language which Is one of the oldest and widely spoken languages in India

Important Days and Dates in December 2021: National and International

1st of December -World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is observed on 1st of December every year to raise awareness and knowledge about HIV and call to move toward ending the HIV epidemic.

It was first celebrated in 1988. The theme of 2019 is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Community by Community”. And according to UNAIDS, the theme of this year is “Communities make the difference”.

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