Unions and syndicates play a crucial role in defending journalist’s rights, promoting ethical standards and supporting self-regulation. They have strong lobbying potential and can act as powerful multipliers. They will be instrumental in ensuring regional ownership of the action and mobilising support for identified reform mechanisms in the region.
This network will comprise the following organisations:
- Morocco: Le Syndicat national de la presse marocaine (SNPM) has a very strong track record in defending journalists’ rights and promoting media reform. It represents around 1,000 members.
- Algeria: Le Syndicat national des journalistes (SNJ) is active across the country and has a membership of some 600 journalists.
- Tunisia: Le Syndicat national des journalistes tunisiens (SNJT) is the organisation representing journalists in Tunisia. It has spearheaded crucial campaigns for freedom of expression and the press ever since the Ben Ali era and, during the country’s Jasmine Revolution, played a key role in defending journalists’ rights and jobs as well as lobbying for media reforms. It has a membership of around 800 journalists.
- Libya: The Libyan Journalists’ Association was dissolved a few years ago. By engaging with the Libyan media community, the project will support efforts to rebuild the journalists’ organisation there.
- Egypt: The Egyptian Journalists’ Syndicate (EJS) represents over 7,000 journalists working in the print sector. It defends journalists’ rights across the country through press freedom and media development training programmes.
- Palestine: The Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS) has reformed in recent years and has engaged very strongly in media reform processes in Palestine. It defends journalists’ rights and has started collective bargaining with media employers in a bid to improve journalists’ working conditions in the country. It represents some 800 journalists.
- Jordan: The Jordan Press Association (JPA) represents around a thousand professional journalists working in the country across all media sectors. It defends their professional and trade-union rights, leads campaigns for media reform and provides regular training opportunities to its members.
- Israel: The National Federation of Israeli Journalists brings together several journalists’ unions (affiliated with Histadrut), representing some 1700 media professionals.
- Lebanon: The Lebanese Press Order (LPO) represents professional journalists in Lebanon and has around a thousand members.