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Press Release
August, 12th 2009

FAJ Calls for “Unity Congress” to Ensure Internal Democracy of National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists

The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ), the African Regional Organisation of the International Federation of Journalists, has today expressed the need for unity and democracy among journalists fraternity in Tunisia.

Due to recent leadership squabbles within the National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists (SNJT) and the need of fresh elections for national leaders of Tunisian journalists, the FAJ calls for unity congress to strengthen the internal democracy of the syndicate on the basis of unity, pluralism and transparency.

“We feel that unity and solidarity, combined with internal democracy that empowers the membership are essential to unite Tunisian journalists and increase their strength in the media industry and the country”, said Omar Faruk Osman, FAJ President.

FAJ has been following with concern the developments in Tunisia. Following resignations of members of the executive committee, the syndicate has to go for general elections, according to its constitution. FAJ has learned that two different dates were set for the congress of the syndicate.

“While we fully understand that the only way out of the crisis is to respect the constitution of the syndicate and to go for fresh elections, we insist on the holding of unified, free and democratic general elections for the syndicate as the only way to ensure independent, united and democratic syndicate that defends the rights and interests of Tunisian journalists” Omar Faruk added.

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The FAJ represents over 36 journalists’ unions in Africa
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