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Dubai to host 2007 General Assembly of International Association of Press Clubs

United Arab Emirates: Saturday, April 21 - 2007 @ 10:36

It will coincide with the Arab Media Forum and the Arab Journalism Award, the two most eagerly awaited events in the Arab media calendar.

Founded in 2002, the International Association of Press Clubs is an independent body that works to uphold ethics in journalism and facilitate the creation of a global information access network for journalists.

The Dubai Press Club is a founding member of the IAPC and serves as the permanent General Secretariat of the Association.

Mona Al Marri, Chairperson, Dubai Press Club, and General Secretary of the International Association of Press Clubs, said: “The IAPC General Assembly is being hosted by the Dubai Press Club for the first time since the Press Clubs got together in Dubai to form the Association.

“The Association has grown in the last five years to over 22 members from 10 and it currently represents Europe, Far East, Asia, Australia, America and the Middle East. The list continues to grow.”

Al Marri said that there is need to encourage more members of the press, from various parts of the world, to set up their own clubs, which could then be integrated into the global body of the International Association of Press Clubs.

“We believe that by doing so, we shall enhance better networking among media persons and help to ensure freedom of expression,” she added.

This year’s IAPC General Assembly agenda will discuss matters of common interest for the Press Clubs. It will seek to chart a way forward that involves media organisations more closely in maintaining independent media, ensuring freedom of the press and widen the channels of information for journalists in countries represented by the members.

The Executives of the Association will also be elected during the meeting. The IAPC Presidency and Vice Presidency are rotational and decided through election by the IAPC member Press Clubs.

The International Association of Press Clubs has been working to support and safeguard the interests of journalists especially those working in war zones. The IAPC has championed the cause of Press freedom in Palestine and the security of journalists working in Iraq. The IAPC forwarded a plea for justice in the case of Daniel Pearl, The Wall Street Journal reporter, who was kidnapped and murdered while on duty.

The members of the International Association of Press Clubs have called for the safety and well-being of journalists, freedom for journalists to perform their work without intimidation and editorial freedom within accepted international journalism guidelines for journalists.

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