Secretary to the Association of Iranian Journalists (AIJ) Hossein Bastani said in Tehran on Saturday that the entity is seeking permanent membership status at the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), IRNA reported.
He told IRNA that the AIJ has so far been cooperating with the international body as an affiliate member.
Bastani referred to the voting right at the annual IFJ meeting and communication with the related councils, to which permanent members are entitled, as some of the privileges of permanent membership.
Once voting right is secured, the association will be able to express the views of the Iranian authorities in charge of journalistic affairs in IFJ annual meetings and have a say in the federation's decision-making process.
The official also pointed to the opportunity to benefit from the training programs and workshops of the councils affiliated to the federation as another such advantage.
"Conferences, seminars and training workshops are held annually for journalists and participation in them can help promote the level of professional journalism in the country."
"The attempts taken to this end is aimed to have our request for membership approved by IFJ executive committee before its upcoming annual meeting by late spring 2004," he added.
Turning to the recent remarks of Iran's judiciary authorities that both national and foreign correspondents are welcome to visit Iranian prisons, he said that the association's board of directors has called for meeting the detained journalists.
"We will submit our request for meeting the detainees to Iran's judicial authorities once more," he concluded.
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