Kurdistan Journalists’ Manifest in the (115)th Anniversary of Kurdish Journalism
The syndicate of journalists in Kurdistan has worked seriously to have a role in union of syndicate both locally and internationally. It worked hard to make its members more active in Federation of journalists of the world, and have a better relationship with all groups. For this reason, the syndicate has a continuous connection with centrals and European syndicate and opened a bureau in Berlin-Germany. From then they reached a dual agreement with Iraqi journalistic syndicate, this is for working and supporting the journalists rights. With this protocol, the syndicate of journalists in Kurdistan after the third meeting issued an important order for strengthening and working with all syndicates, Iraqi unions, and Kurdish unions. This is for the sake of what was mentioned above, thus, this bureau was always in contact for the sake of journalism. But unfortunately, the syndicate of journalism in Iraq, at some levels, deviated from the general rules and look at the syndicate of journalists in Kurdistan and the members of syndicate as different. Within that the syndicate of journalists in Kurdistan will continue its relations with the Iraqi syndicate and with all unions and organizations which support the freedom of writing.
1. Syndicate members in other
parts of Iraq
The members of syndicate of journalists of Kurdistan in other parts of Kurdish areas of the region and Baghdad, and other parts of Iraq are all in a bad situation. Because, in one hand, they face two laws, and on the other hand they all deprived from the privileges which the members syndicate have in Kurdistan (in getting lands, residencies, and other rights) and they are deprived from those privileges that Iraqi syndicate has for its journalists. This is despite the protocol between both of us. At last the members of those mentioned-areas will be out of advantages. Therefore, there should be a suitable resolution for this matter. The syndicate is responsible to take serious actions.
2. With International Federation of journalists IFJ and Union of Arabic Journalists
The Kurdistan journalists’ Syndicate, with its attempts by other past members, could activate its members in IFJ and have the IFJ’s attention. This is through the continuous work with them. Now, the Kurdistan journalists’ Syndicate is one of the active syndicate in its region. It has the support of IFJ. There is also the safety bureau of workers in Kurdistan is great achievement for journalists in Kurdistan. Further, the syndicate has tried to be in contact with international reporters’ organization and other private organizations, medium, and the syndicate of journalism in (Germany, Russia, Swaziland, Greece, Spain, and Australia).
With IFJ, the Council of Kurdistan journalists’ Syndicate, will participate the conferences and expresses the news about journalists situations. Further, the syndicate has more values among international syndicates. As we can see this year, the syndicate’s reports have got the international support of IFJ and publish the reports in their websites.
On the other hand, a concept was given to Kurdistan journalists’ Syndicate to become a member in the syndicate of Arabic Journalism. But Kurdistan journalists’ Syndicate thinks that this should be investigated more. The council of the syndicate, within a good relationship with other Arabic syndicates to have a dual respect to Kurdish cases. For this reason, the syn- dicate participated in almost all journalistic activities of organizations in Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Palestine, Lebanon, and UAE. Kurdistan Journalists The journalists’ Syndicate will put this manifest to reporters and announce the internal and external consensus. The concepts and principles of this manifest will be the corner-stone for future works.
Again, Kurdistan journalists’ Syndicate congratulates all journalists in Kurdistan, and wishes success in their tiredness work.
The Council of Kurdistan journalists’ Syndicate Erbil 22 April 2013