20 May 2009

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Help Swat Valley journalists in exile

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The Kyber Union of Journalists and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) are appealing to fellow media and press freedom organisations to raise emergency funds for Pakistan's journalists who have fled Swat Valley.

According to RSF, more than 30 journalists and their families have sought refuge in Peshawar and other cities since the army launched its offensive against the Taliban earlier this month.

No security measures have so far been taken that would enable the media to resume operating in the valley.

"The humanitarian crisis is likely to persist so these funds must be seen as just a first step paving the way for massive support for these journalists, whose flight has left Swat Valley without media coverage," said RSF.

RSF has sent 5,000 Euros (US$6,800) in emergency funds that the Khyber Union of Journalists will distribute to help meet housing, food and medical care for journalists and their families.

To make a donation, contact RSF correspondent, Iqbal Khattak, at: khattak63 (@) gmail.com

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