Subject: IFEX: IFJ launches safety office for journalists in ET
Date: Sat, 07 Aug 1999 10:15:54 -0400
From: Charles Scheiner <>


5 August 1999

IFJ Safety Programme launches Safety Office for journalists and media staff in East Timor

SOURCE: International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Brussels

(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is an IFJ press release:

Media Release 5 August 1999

IFJ Safety Programme Launches Safety Office For Journalists and Media Staff in East Timor

The International Federation of Journalists and two of its key Asian affiliates - the Alliance of Independent Journalists in Indonesia and the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance in Australia - have opened a solidarity centre to ensure the safety of all journalists working in East Timor.

The Safety Office for Media in East Timor (SOMET) based in Dili has already produced a guide for journalists working in or travelling to East Timor. The office is able to provide help with accommodation, translators and drivers for visiting media staff.

The Guide to East Timor, which is available from the IFJ's Website at, was produced by Heather Paterson and Ezki Suyanto from the Safety Office. It includes information and advice on getting to East Timor and fulfilling the various administrative requirements, as well as giving useful contact details and medical and logistical advice.

SOMET is at New Resende Inn, Jl. Avenida Bishop Medeiros, Dili, Tel: +62

(0)390 313 446, fax: +62 (0)390 313 393, e-mail:

The IFJ is the world's largest organisation of journalists with members in 101 countries.

For further information, contact SOMET or the IFJ, Rue Royale, 266, B-1210 Brussels, Belgium, tel: +322 223 2265, fax: +322 219 2976, e-mail:, Internet:

The information contained in this press release is the sole responsibility of IFJ. In citing this material for broadcast or publication, please credit IFJ.

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