The EU-funded MedMedia programme published a key report on journalists’ unions in the Southern Mediterranean region.
The report, which covers nine countries, examines journalists’ unions’ role in supporting journalists and media. It focuses on pivotal issues, including mandate, membership and governance, trade-union action, advocacy, and opportunities for international cooperation.
“Journalists’ unions in the region have different historical backgrounds, structures and working traditions”, said Monir Zaarour, co-author of the report. “But they all lead important battles in defence of media freedom and journalists’ social and professional rights. They are positioned to play a unique role not only in journalism but in the wider struggle for human rights in countries across the region”.
The report shows how journalists’ unions have evolved and grown partnerships in recent years to build professional training programmes, defend journalism and respond to legal, regulatory and ethical challenges posed by a rapidly evolving sector.
MedMedia is an EU-funded programme which aims to facilitate the progress of media reforms in the MENA region by offering policy-makers, regulators, broadcasters and union leader’s access to relevant experience and know-how from both sides of the Mediterranean.