Monday, November 29, 1999

IPDP aiming to support families of scribes hurt or killed

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New Delhi, Jun 17 (PTI) Taking note of the dangerous working conditions of journalists in some countries, an international body for scribes is exploring the option of supporting families, especially children, of reporters who get hurt or lose their lives while on the job. The International Programme for Development of Communications (IPDP), which is an organisation under UNESCO, is seeking to address the issue of dangerous working conditions for journalists and taking action in certain situations. The IPDP is for the first time chaired by India, the only developing country to do so. Wijayanandana Jayaweera, Director of UNESCO communications and development division, said that in cases of brutality or other incidents against journalists, the local organisation of scribes is contacted for the details. "We can look at a programme by which we can support the children or families of such victims," he said. India was elected as the head of the IPDP in March this year. It polled 23 out of 37 votes in the elections for the Chairmanship of the 39-member body defeating Switzerland. PTI SPC.

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