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Journalists worldwide mourn over loss of 68 Iranian colleagues

Brussels, Dec 7, IRNA-Journalists around the world mourned Wednesday over the death of 68 Iranian journalists and media staff who were among the 97 passengers and crew killed in a military plane that crashed soon after takeoff in Tehran Tuesday.

IRIB reporters who died in the crash

"Today is a sad and desperate day for journalism," said Aidan White, General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in a message of sympathy to the Iranian Association of Journalists.

"This tragedy is hard for all of us to bear. In this dark moment for journalism around the world we extend our deepest sympathies to all of you." The IFJ is pledging support from its International Safety Fund to assist the families of the media victims in what it says is the worst-ever single loss of life in any accident involving journalists and media staff.

"Every day journalists and media staff leave the office to carry out their duties, and every day they find themselves taking risks that cannot be avoided," said White.

Burial of
Hassan Gharib and Esmaeil Omrani, ISNA journalists (story)

The media victims were mostly Iranian radio and television journalists heading to cover military maneuver in southern Iran.

The IFJ is supporting calls for an immediate investigation into the cause of the crash, the latest in a string of fatal air accidents in Iran in recent years.

The Brussels-based IFJ represents over 500,000 journalists in more than 110 countries.

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