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Journalism Advocacy: How Three Organizations Responded to Attacks Against Journalists in Egypt
Unformatted Document Text:  A total of six releases were issued on Friday, February 4: one from the Committee to Protect Journalists, two from Reporters Without Borders, and three from the International Federation of Journalists. IFJ’s first release was a letter from its president, Jim Boumelha. Describing the attacks against journalists with the same “witch-hunt” terminology used by Reporters Without Borders, Boumelha urged journalism unions worldwide to appeal to Egypt’s government to stop the violence. He also provided a very brief overview of IFJ’s efforts to provide safety advice to journalists in Egypt and to establish an emergency hotline for them. 35 IFJ’s second release that day repeated Jim Boumelha’s appeal for solidarity among the world’s journalism unions against Egypt’s strong-arm tactics, and it provided more details concerning the hotline IFJ established for journalists in need. And, for the first time, IFJ accused Egypt’s state television of inciting violence against foreign journalists by blaming them for the country’s unrest. “This is a false and dangerous claim,” said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. “The uprising of the people that threatens to engulf the regime of President Mubarak is not caused by the media. Journalists must not be made scapegoats of this crisis and the violence we see now.” 36 The organization’s third and final release on February 4 briefly explained the organization’s appeal to European Union heads of state who were meeting that day in Brussels. IFJ, in coordination with the European Federation of Journalists, wrote the group of leaders a letter asking them to “raise the public voice of the European Union loud and clear to condemn these various actions” and to place “sustained international pressure” on Egypt’s government. Signed by IFJ President Jim Boumelha, EFJ President Arne Konig, and Aidan White, IFJ/EFJ 35 “Egypt campaign – Global call for solidarity,” February 4, 2011, International Federation of Journalists. 36 “Crisis in Cairo: End violence against media now demands IFJ,” February 4, 2011, International Federation of Journalists.

Authors: Cain, Butler.
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A total of six releases were issued on Friday, February 4: one from the Committee to 
Protect Journalists, two from Reporters Without Borders, and three from the International 
Federation of Journalists. IFJ’s first release was a letter from its president, Jim Boumelha. 
Describing the attacks against journalists with the same “witch-hunt” terminology used by 
Reporters Without Borders, Boumelha urged journalism unions worldwide to appeal to Egypt’s 
government to stop the violence. He also provided a very brief overview of IFJ’s efforts to 
provide safety advice to journalists in Egypt and to establish an emergency hotline for them.
IFJ’s second release that day repeated Jim Boumelha’s appeal for solidarity among the 
world’s journalism unions against Egypt’s strong-arm tactics, and it provided more details 
concerning the hotline IFJ established for journalists in need. And, for the first time, IFJ accused 
Egypt’s state television of inciting violence against foreign journalists by blaming them for the 
country’s unrest. “This is a false and dangerous claim,” said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. 
“The uprising of the people that threatens to engulf the regime of President Mubarak is not 
caused by the media. Journalists must not be made scapegoats of this crisis and the violence we 
see now.”
The organization’s third and final release on February 4 briefly explained the 
organization’s appeal to European Union heads of state who were meeting that day in Brussels. 
IFJ, in coordination with the European Federation of Journalists, wrote the group of leaders a 
letter asking them to “raise the public voice of the European Union loud and clear to condemn 
these various actions” and to place “sustained international pressure” on Egypt’s government. 
Signed by IFJ President Jim Boumelha, EFJ President Arne Konig, and Aidan White, IFJ/EFJ 
35 “Egypt campaign – Global call for solidarity,” February 4, 2011, International Federation of Journalists.
36 “Crisis in Cairo: End violence against media now demands IFJ,” February 4, 2011, International Federation of 

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