Works of the precongress conference of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) kicked off on Tuesday at the Culture City under the motto "Congress of Tunis: For a Free Press".
The 30th IFJ Congress is due on June 1114 in Tunis, at the invitation of the National Union of Tunisian Journalists (French: SNJT).
The congress will see the participation of over 300 union leaders representing around 600,000 journalists affiliated with 187 unions and associations in 140 countries.
The precongress conference included three panels. The first, the future of journalism in the digital era, was moderated by IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger.
IFJ Deputy Secretary General Jeremy Dear chaired the second panel on good trade union practices around the world, while the third and final panel discussion on journalism after Arab Revolutions was run by IFJ Senior VicePresident Younes M'Jahed.
President Beji Caid Essebsi addressed the opening of the Congress on Tuesday evening, in addition to IFJ President, the President of the SNJT, the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) President and the President of the Federation of Arab Journalists (FAJ).
After the opening ceremony, a march was staged to the SNJT headquarters in solidarity with journalists who risk their lives doing their job.
Works of the Congress set for June 1214 will be held behind closed doors. Conventioneers will elect FIJ gender equality council, the Presidium and the Congress commissions.
IFJ General Secretary will also present his report on the previous period. Works will be devoted to reviewing the Global Charter of Ethics for Journalists and statutory and ordinary motions.
The last day will see the election of members of IFJ Executive Committee. The new committee will convene so as to put in place an action plan for the upcoming stage. The congress will close with an address by the new IFJ president.
Source: International Islamic News Agency