Friday, 15 May 2009

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1. PAKISTAN: Emergency funds for journalists fleeing Swat valley fight
From: George Lessard

1. PAKISTAN: Emergency funds for journalists fleeing Swat valley fight
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Fri May 15, 2009 7:44 am ((PDT))

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Subject: [rsfasie] PAKISTAN: Emergency funds for journalists who have had
to flee Swat valley fighting (Eng+Fr)
From: "RSF ASIA" <>
Date: Fri, May 15, 2009 08:28
To: "asie2 Asie" <>

Reporters Without Borders/Reporters sans frontières

15 May 2009

Emergency funds for journalists who have had to flee Swat valley

Reporters Without Borders has sent emergency funds to help the dozens
of Swat valley journalists who have been forced to flee the area
because of fighting between the Pakistani army and the Taliban.

More than 30 journalists and their families have had to seek refuge
in Peshawar and other cities since the army launched its offensive
against Islamist militants in the Swat valley. The valley's
newspapers have had to stop publishing and most of their journalists
are now without any means of support.

"Like hundreds of thousands of their fellow citizens, the journalists
and their families have had to flee the extreme violence in the Swat
region," Reporters Without Borders said. "Unable to work, these
journalists must now concentrate on finding shelter and food for
their loved-ones. Reporters Without Borders has sent 5,000 euros in
emergency funds which the Khyber Union of Journalists will distribute
to help meet their initial needs for housing, food and medical care
for themselves and their children."

"The humanitarian crisis is likely to persist so these funds must be
seen as just a first step paving the way for massive support for
these journalists, whose flight has left the Swat valley without
media coverage," Reporters Without Borders added. "We appeal to
international news media, journalists unions and organisations that
defend the press to mobilise resources to help their Swat valley

Khyber Union of Journalists president Mohammad Riaz has issued an
appeal on behalf of the Swat valley's media and displaced
journalists. No security measures have so far been taken that would
enable the media to resume operating the in valley.


Reporters sans frontières apporte une aide d'urgence pour les
journalistes fuyant la vallée de Swat

Reporters sans frontières a débloqué une aide d'urgence en faveur des
dizaines de journalistes de la vallée de Swat, contraints de fuir les
combats entre l'armée pakistanaise et les taliban. Depuis le
lancement de l'offensive de l'armée contre les combattants
islamistes, plus de trente journalistes et leurs familles ont dû se
réfugier à Peshawar et d'autres villes du pays. Les médias de la
vallée ont cessé de paraître et la grande majorité des professionnels
des médias sont sans ressources.

"A l'instar de centaines de milliers de leurs concitoyens, les
journalistes et leurs familles ont dû fuir la région de Swat en proie
à une violence extrême. La préoccupation de ces professionnels des
médias, privés de leur emploi, est désormais de trouver un toit et
des vivres pour leurs proches. Une bourse d'urgence de 5 000 euros
versée par Reporters sans frontières et distribuée avec l'aide de la
Khyber Union of Journalists (KUJ) doit permettre dans un premier
temps de répondre aux besoins de logement, de nourriture et de soins
médicaux des journalistes et de leurs enfants" a déclaré l'organisation.

"La situation humanitaire risque de perdurer et cette aide doit être
le premier jalon d'un soutien massif à ces journalistes, qui laissent
derrière eux une région sans couverture médiatique. Nous appelons
les organisations de défense de la presse, les médias internationaux
et syndicats de journalistes, à mobiliser des moyens pour venir en
aide à leurs confrères de la vallée de Swat", a ajouté l'organisation.

Le président de la KUJ, Mohammad Riaz, a lancé un appel en faveur des
journalistes déplacés et des médias de Swat. En effet, aucune mesure
de sécurité n'a été prise pour permettre aux médias de continuer à
exister dans la vallée.

Vincent Brossel
Asia-Pacific Desk
Reporters Without Borders
33 1 44 83 84 70

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