EFJ IFJ regional meeting successfully took place in Istanbul
The regional meeting of EFJ IFJ affiliates from the Balkans and Eastern Europe successfully took place in Istanbul on 29 30 November 2016.
The meeting was hosted by the Journalists Union of Turkey (TGS) and the Istanbul office of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) who are financially supporting the event with the Swedish Union To Union global trade union programme. The gathering of more than 10 international journalists representatives showing solidarity under the state of emergency with so many journalists in jail (over 120), under prosecution (thousands), without job (over 10.000) was nadiawarmly welcomed by the colleagues and local media.
The event has primarily focused on overcoming the obstacles to Freedom of Association for recruiting members and protecting them and our union activists and leaders from intimi dation from union hostile employers or state authorities. The programme also take the opportunity to focus on the current ‘post-coup’ environment in Turkey and the current oppression against journalists across the country. A solidarity visit was organised to Cumhuriyet daily newspaper where the delegation had the opportunity to meet the wives of arrested journalists.