MANILA — Jose Torres Jr, chairperson of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) was elected as general reserve adviser of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) during its recent World Congress in Moscow. Torres is managing editor of GMA News.tv.
The IFJ, which speaks for journalists within the United Nations system and the international trade union movement, is the world’s largest organization of journalists. First established in 1926, the federation represents around 500,000 members in more than 100 countries.
The IFJ promotes international action to defend press freedom and social justice. It is opposed to discrimination of all kinds and condemns the use of media as propaganda or to promote intolerance and conflict.
NUJP is the IFJ affiliate in the Philippines. The NUJP seeks to promote and safeguard the economic interests of Filipino journalists, upgrade professional skills, raise the standards of journalistic ethics, carry out welfare program for its members and foster fraternal solidarity with all journalists everywhere.
Torres was elected NUJP head in 2006.