The Union of Journalists in Israel is a labor union founded in 2012 by a group of Israeli journalists, who believed that the journalists in Israel should be unionized and deal together with the big crisis in their sector.
In addition to improving wages and working conditions, the union is fighting for freedom of press, ethics and improving the status of journalists and journalism. The union of journalists is affiliated to the Histadrut, the biggest trade union in Israel.
In less than 3 years more than 3,000 journalists joined the union and more than 20 prominent Israeli media outlets have been unionized by it, among them Yedioth Ahronoth, Maariv, Channel 2 news company, Channel 10 news company, Walla!, Channel 9, Globes, Channel i24news, The Israeli Broadcasting Corporation and others. In those 3 years the unionizing rate in the Israeli journalism sector increased from around 10% to around 80%.
The Union fights for freedom of the press and the press and initiates professional events, seminars and tours aimed at improving journalistic skills and addressing important issues. Among other things, the Union works to strengthen professional ethics through collective agreements and legal proceedings, participated in struggles for independence of public broadcasting, arrest of journalists in demonstrations and attacks in the West Bank, violence against journalists, and invasive investigations against journalists for acts they committed as part of their work.
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