08 September 2009, Tuesday, 14:10

Today is the International Day of Journalist Solidarity

author: Marina Shumilova

Today is the International Day of Journalist Solidarity. This holiday, established in 1958 at the IV congress of the International Journalists Organization in Bucharest, plays special role among professional holidays. Journalists all over the world demonstrate their unity especially in sphere of their rights’ protection this day. The 8th of September is announced the Day of Journalist Solidarity not accidentally: the Czech journalist Julius Fuchik – the author of the well-known story “Reporting with the noose on one’s neck”, written in the prison of Prague and later translated in 70 world languages, had been executed on September 8, 1943, in Hitler’s Germany.

  For the world community the International Day of Journalist Solidarity has become the evident witness of the importance of the role of journalists in everyday life of our society. Alas, this profession is considered one of the most dangerous and public instability strikes first of all those, who try to tell and write about it and it happens not only in the “hot regions”.

  The regional press is becoming an impressive power today and our Republic can serve as a real example of that. Bashkir informational space is presented by more than 900 printed and 200 online mass-media editions today. TV and radio broadcasting and the printed press in six national languages are the peculiar feature of the Republican mass-media. There is no any other Russian region, which would issue the same number of printed and online editions in native languages of the nations, inhabiting modern Bashkortostan. Establishment of the printed and online editions by local municipalities and noticeable growth of non-state online mass-media are becoming the main tendency of up-to-dateness.