As part of its commitment to defend the freedom of expression. SCM joins the International Freedom of Expression Exchange – IFEX.
Montreal, Canada, June 15, 2017 – The Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM), among other 16 NGOs from around the world became new members of the leading international network for freedom of expression and human rights IFEX. This was done during the general assembly meetings on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of IFEX held in Montreal, Canada.
In this meeting Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) noted the need of better cooperation with all participants to communicate a non-partisan unbiased image of what’s happening in Syria, and to help raising awareness of the dangerous conditions, threats and risks, media workers are facing in their daily work to provide independent and reliable information.
IFEX is a leading network of organizations active since 1992 in defending and promoting the right to freedom of expression and information, supporting and helping journalists and independent media outlets against any violations.
By obtain the full membership, Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) became the first Syrian NGO to join IFEX network, and its MENA group, with whom our center aim to raise the voice of Syrian journalists and media workers, and to coordinate and work together to strengthen our efforts in order to secure journalists’ protection and safety. And to set up a joint mechanism to coordinate with UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression David Kaye.
As member of IFEX network, Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) will be working with global and international organizations to end the pervasive culture of impunity, and to ensure that violations and crimes committed against media workers are investigated. As well as providing the necessary support to ensure their safety.