The Union of Journalists in Israel is a labor union founded in 2012 by a group of Israeli journalists, united by a firm belief that journalists must unionize in order to establish decent working conditions and a viable ethical standard. In the years that followed, the union has played a key role in securing and defending the rights of journalists from all media platforms, through legal actions and public campaigns.
In addition to improving wages and working conditions, the union is charged with safeguarding freedom of the press and ethical standards, and improving the status of journalists and journalism as a whole.
Over the years, thousands of journalists have joined the union and more than 20 prominent Israeli media outlets have been unionized. Yedioth Ahronot, Ynet, Globes, Kan (the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation), Channel 12 news company, Channel 13 news company, Walla!, i24News, Haaretz and others have unionized through The Union of Journalists in Israel. Prior to the establishment of the Union, only 10% of Israeli journalists were unionized. The rate stands at 80% today.
The Union also initiates professional events, seminars and tours aimed at improving professional skills among journalists and addressing important issues that arise. Among other endeavours, the Union strives to strengthen professional ethics within media outlets such as those offering paid content. It does so by initiating the addition of relevant clauses in collective agreements and by participating in legal proceedings on these issues. The Union has participated in efforts to maintain the independence of public broadcasting as well as the independence of news companies owened by commercial tv channels, fought to prevent arrests of journalists in demonstrations and violence against journalists, as well as invasive investigations against journalists in the line of duty by state agencies.
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