4 Nov 2014

Region's journalists face threats: IFJ

7:37 am on 4 November 2014

The International Federation of Journalists says the Pacific is lucky not to have the targeted killings of journalists but there is concern at the threats some of them face.

The IFJ has launched a 22 day campaign highlighting violence against journalists around the world.

In the Asia Pacific region last year a journalist was killed every ten days and 33 have been killed so far this year, mostly in Pakistan and the Philippines.

The IFJ's acting director for the Asia Pacific, Jane Worthington, says the Pacific is not immune.

"The important thing is that people understand that impunity is a major problem affecting journalists and media workers in their safety and in their ability to do their jobs. The more people can understand and can share stories and information and pressure governments to actually fulfill their duties, to protect journalists, the better."

The IFJ's Jane Worthington.