TUCJ calls on Croatian government to expand refugee visa programes for Afghan journalists

The Trade Union of Croatian Journalists and the Croatian Journalists Association sent a letter asking the government to help Afghan journalists, especially female journalists.

We are calling on the government to help our colleagues; Afghan journalists, especially female journalists and other Afghan media workers as part of their evacuation efforts. We believe in the commitment of the Croatian Government in providing assistance to our colleagues from Afghanistan.

Numerous countries have already joined the initiative issuing urgent visas, they are helping to save dozens of journalists whose lives are in imminent danger. As part of an action coordinated by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Dutch government has agreed to help 15 Afghan media workers. The UK government is discussing the figures with the National Union of Journalists (NUJ). Pakistan has rescued as many as 311 media workers, while Canada has set up a special assistance program.

We are asking the Government to issue emergency visas to save media workers in Afghanistan.

The list of Afghan journalists in need is maintained by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), of which we are a member, in cooperation with professional associations and trade unions of journalists in Afghanistan.

TCUJ and CJA support the international solidarity campaign with Afghan journalists launched on 12 August by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

According to the IFJ, “over 1,200 journalists and media workers have already lost their jobs with many more under threat” in Afghanistan, as the threat of violence grows and media are forced to close in the wake of the Taliban taking control of large parts of the country.

The IFJ has established a special Afghanistan Solidarity Fund within the IFJ Safety Fund to channel further support and is urging those who can to make a donation. All funds raised will go directly to providing support to Afghan colleagues.

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