About the IFJ Asia Pacific

 WHO we are

IFJ Asia-Pacific represents 27 IFJ affiliates and associates across the Asia-Pacific region.

WHAT we do

IFJ Asia-Pacific works with national journalists’ unions and associations to improve the working conditions of journalists and the quality of journalism through training programs and advocacy campaigns in defence of media-related rights. These rights include:

•    The right to safety and decent working conditions
•    The right to freedom of expression
•    The right to a free media
•    The right to access information
•    The right to free association
•    The right to justice and fair legal proceedings

IFJ Asia-Pacific runs international campaigns on journalists’ safety, press freedom, public service values, editorial independence, ethics, gender equality, children’s rights, tolerance and decent working conditions.

WHERE we work

Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China/Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor L’este, Taiwan

WHEN we act

IFJ Asia-Pacific initiates actions at the request of affiliates, associates and partners in the Asia-Pacific region. This work ranges from emergency missions to draw international attention to immediate crises (as occurred during Nepal’s royal coup in 2005 and Pakistan’s state of emergency in 2007) to long-term training, campaigning and institutional support.

WHY we do what we do

Press freedom, journalists’ safety and decent working conditions are rights, but they are not automatically given.

Strong organisations are best positioned to combat threats ranging from physical attacks to restrictive regulation of the media. They are essential in assisting journalists to practise free, fearless and independent reporting.

Dedicated and quality journalism is a public good that supports democratic and transparent processes. It gives ordinary people access to the fair and critical information they need to make important choices about their lives.

IFJ Asia-Pacific aims to:
•    Strengthen the organisation and leadership of journalists’ unions and professional bodies
•    Improve journalists’ working conditions
•    Assure journalists of safety and protection
•    Defend freedom of the media, freedom of expression and freedom of association
•    Enable quality journalism to thrive
•    Ensure the media and journalists’ organisations are open to participation by all.

HOW we work

IFJ Asia-Pacific seeks to achieve these aims by:

•    Identifying training needs, developing training resources, training trainers
•    Conducting in-country workshops, seminars and national forums
•    Building the capacity of national journalists’ organisations
•    Initiating regional and international campaigns
•    Advocacy actions targeting national leaders and the international community
•    Disseminating news alerts, bulletins and media guides
•    Promoting networking and solidarity among journalists across  Asia-Pacific