Journalists and their rights were the topic of discussions in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, on Wednesday (26th September).
Journalists and their rights were the topic of discussions in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, on Wednesday (26th September). More than 120 members of the Executive Committee of the International Journalists' Organisation were conferring at the IJO's fourth Congress. They represented journalists from 61 countries.
The Congress also attracted a number of ministers of the Iraqi Government, members of the National Front Secretariat, press attaches and other people concerned with reporting the news. The Iraqi Minister of Information, Mr. Hamid al-Jabouri, addressed the Congress in its opening hours. He commended the IJO on its support of the iraqi people in their "battle against the oil monopolies". The IJO President, Mr. Morris Herman, returned the compliment, by thanking Iraq for its role in defending journalists' rights.
The Congress was also addressed by the leaders of journalists' unions in Cuba, Egypt and Iraq.
SYNOPSIS: The Executive Committee of the Internations Journalists' Organisation met in Baghdad on Wednesday. The Iraqi Information Minister, Mr Al-Jebouri addressed the Committee.
The main topic of discussion was journalists and their rights. It was the fourth Congress held by the IJO. More than one hundred and twenty committee members met in the iraqi capital.
The Chairman of the Egyptian Journalists' Union, Mr. Abdel Moneim El-Sawy, was one of the many union leaders who addressed the Congress. Journalists from sixty-one countries, mainly in the Communist bloc, were represented.
The Congress also attracted a number of Ministers of the Iraqi Government, members of the National Front Secretariat, press attaches, and other people concerned with reporting the news. They heard Mr. Sa'as Kassim Hamoudi, the Chairman of the Iraqi Journalistic' Union, relate the history of journalism in his country.
Iraq was complimented for serving the principles of freedom and independence by the leader of the Cuban Journalists' un Mr. Aldo Vera. The IJO has recently renewed relations with the international Federation of Journalists, which represents the non-Communist countries.