Safeguard freedom of the press and of journalists engaged in their legitimate professional activities, and preserve the standards of profession; take action whenever a serious threat is made to the rights and liberties of the press and of journalists; promote professional and trade union training of journalists and professional improvement of working journalists; organize or promote collective action to support any member union asking for coordinated international measures as means of attaining aims in accordance with IFJ's constitution; collect information from member unions concerning conditions of employment, contracts of service, benefits provided by unions for their members and other matters of professional interest, and supply such information to member unions; develop the prestige and enhance the social role of the profession; establish and maintain close relations with the United Nations and its relevant specialized agencies; extend fraternal cooperation to other bodies.
The IFJ works to defend and improve the professional rights and interests of journalists through strong trade unions. Its work covers many issues that affect journalists and their unions, ranging from trade union development to labour rights and gender equality in the media. To achieve these goals, the IFJ runs a wide range of projects in regions across the world. These projects strengthen the role and capacity of IFJ affiliates.