Head of Kur­dis­tan Jour­nal­ists Syn­di­cate par­tic­i­pates in the Fo­rum for MFD

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The Pres­i­dent of the Kur­dis­tan Jour­nal­ists Syn­di­cate, Azad Hama Amin, has re­ceived an in­vi­ta­tion let­ter to par­tic­i­pate in the 3rd Fo­rum for the Me­dia Free­dom De­fend­ers in the Arab World (MFD 2014) which is planned to be held in Am­man-Jordan dur­ing 10-11 May 2014.

“It is a great honor for me to take part in an event where rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 200 coun­tries along with the Head of the In­ter­na­tional Jour­nal­ists Fed­er­a­tion will be there,” said Hama Amin, who is the only one in Iraq to at­tend the Fo­rum.

Con­cern­ing the sub­jects of the Fo­rum and his role in it, Hama Amin noted “The main dis­cus­sions and pan­els will be fo­cus­ing on vi­o­la­tions against jour­nal­ists and Me­dia Free­dom De­fend­ers. I will deliver a speech on free­dom of speech, free­dom of re­li­gion, se­cu­rity and na­tional po­lit­i­cal as­pi­ra­tions.”

Ac­cord­ing to Hama Amin, sev­eral dis­courses will be held on the vi­o­la­tions that are cur­rently com­mit­ted against jour­nal­ists in the Mid­dle East coun­tries.

MFD Back­ground

In De­cem­ber 2011, Cen­ter for De­fend­ing Free­dom of Jour­nal­ists (CDFJ) or­ga­nized the first Fo­rum for Me­dia Free­dom De­fend­ers in the Arab world to ad­dress the role of me­dia dur­ing the so-called “Arab Spring” and the im­pact of the “event” on me­dia. A di­verse group of in­di­vid­u­als who de­fend the rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of me­dia in­clud­ing jour­nal­ists, hu­mani- tar­i­ans, lawyers, govern­ment of­fi­cials, and civil so­ci­ety rep­re­sen­ta­tives, among oth­ers, were gath­ered to dis­cuss the con­tro­ver­sial re­la­tion­ship be­tween revo­lu­tion and me­dia, the ac­com­plish­ments of me­dia, and the fu­ture chal­lenges that face me­dia as a re­sult of the pop­u­lar up­ris­ings.

3rd MFD Fo­rum 2014

At this junc­ture, hav­ing ex­e­cuted two highly suc­cess­ful fo­rums, CDFJ is seek­ing to ex­pand, in­sti­tu­tion­al­ize, and achieve sus­tain­abil­ity for the MFD Fo­rum to serve as an an­nual, re­gional plat­form for ma­jor lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional civil so­ci­ety ac­tors, jour­nal­ists, ac­tivists, and aca­demics to dis­cuss is­sues sur­round­ing me­dia and the cur­rent af­fairs through ac­tiv­i­ties that go be­yond the usual dis­cus­sions and net­work­ing. The 3rd MFD Fo­rum will be the start of CDFJ's long term strat­egy to achieve this goal. And there­fore, sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties and events will be or­ga­nized be­side the main MFD ses­sions.

The 3rd Fo­rum seeks to achieve the fol­low­ing

ob­jec­tives:

Re­view­ing the sta­tus of the me­dia af­ter the "Arab Spring", dis­cussing progress and fail­ure, re­view­ing ef­forts ex­erted by the net­work of Me­dia Free­dom De­fend­ers in the Arab world, an­nounce­ment of the net­work’s sec­ond re­port- doc­u­ment­ing and mon­i­tor­ing vi­o­la­tions com­mit­ted against me­dia in the Arab coun­tries in 2013 and dis­cussing the fu­ture plans for the MFD Fo­rum.

Also spe­cial­ized work­shops for jour­nal­ists on le­gal pro­tec­tion and safety will be con­ducted. The Fo­rum will fo­cus on net­work­ing be­tween Me­dia Free­dom De­fend­ers and civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions in de­fend­ing me­dia and honor­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

A View of the 2nd Fo­rum of Me­dia De­fend­ers in the Arab World held in Am­man in 2013. PHOTO mfd-fo­rum.com

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