PFUJ welcomes appointment of woman as IFJ General Secretary
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has hailed the decision of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) for formally declaring appointment of Elisabeth Costa as its new General Secretary and hoped that the incumbent would successfully run the affairs of the IFJ, besides protecting the just cause of media persons throughout the world.
In a massage of congratulations sent to Ms Elisabeth, the Secretary-General of the PFUJ, Shamsul Islam Naz, said by her appointment to the world’s largest journalist body, a good massage has been given at global level that time has come when women cannot be ignored from proving their metal and that they can lead with their foresightedness and vision.
The PFUJ considers it very encouraging and it was a good change that for the first time in the history of the IFJ its General Secretary was made outside Europe and it is also the first time that the IFJ is led by a woman.
He said that it is very encouraging that “Elisabeth Costa is a veteran campaigner for union rights and press freedom in Latin America and has been a leading force for international solidarity in the Brazilian Federation of Journalists’ Associations (FENAJ) who emerged as unanimous choice from a strong field of candidates who were interviewed in Brussels last month.
It is also heartening to observe that “Elisabeth Costa has a strong background in trade unionism and journalism. She worked as a Television journalist in Rio de Janeiro and SÃ£o Paulo for over 20 years. She also held senior positions in the FENAJ where she served as President from 1998 to 2004, becoming the first woman President of the Federation since its inception in 1946. She was also a member of the IFJ Executive Committee from 2001-2004.
The PFUJ expects that with her induction would be a good sign for the ignored and depressed journalists of the world, in general, and in Pakistan in Asia, in particular, and it would encourage women to come forward in the feild of journalism.
“We hope that Elisabeth will fully meet the challenges of in-security to media persons in Middle East and South Ashia who are now-a-days suffering to a greater extent owing to hostile violent working environment. However, on our part we would fully cooperate with her for the just cause of freedom of press, democracy, human rights and for capacity building and security of media persons at global level, PFUJ SG added.
Source: Pakistan Times