International Day to End Impunity of crimes against Journalists

To mark 2015 International Day to End Impunity on Nov. 2, IPI has joined the Public Liberties and Human Rights Department of the Aljazeera Media Network and other international human rights organisations in a solidarity campaign against the killing of journalists worldwide. The campaign aims to send a strong message that the media community is united on the need to prioritise journalist safety and that states must live up to their obligations to protect all reporters working within their borders.

Christian Payne on encryption: ‘You are duty-bound to protect your sources’

Christian Payne – founder of (@Documentally), a multimedia journalism trainer and a regular contributor to The Guardian (UK), among many other leading media outlets – recently spoke with IPI Digital Media Coordinator Javier Luque amid the backdrop of a Master Class in Cyber Threats at the UNICRI in Torino that Payne was leading.

U.N. Special Rapporteur emphasises private corporations’ role in regulating online speech

In IPI interview, David Kaye shares thoughts on hate speech and online intimidation against journalists

New economic models, public support key to empowering UK's vibrant new media

Hyperlocal news sites in Britain becoming important tools to scrutinise events

IPI speaks with Zone 9 lawyer Ameha Mekonnen

The International Press Institute (IPI) recently spoke with Ameha Mekonnen, defense lawyer for the six bloggers and two of the three journalists who were arrested in Ethiopia in April in connection with their activities as part of the Zone 9 collective. At the Nov. 12 hearing at Lideta High Court in Addis Ababa, one set of charges against the defendants under Ethiopia's criminal code was dropped, and a second set of charges under the terrorism law were ordered to be amended. IPI has repeatedly urged the Ethiopian government to release journalists imprisoned under its anti-terrorism law. IPI contributor Siobhan Hagan spoke with Mr. Mekonnen ahead of the group's Dec. 3 hearing.

Ferial Haffajee wins the CPJ's 2014 International Press Freedom Award

The International Press Institute is proud to congratulate its Executive Board Member and the Editor-in-Chief of City Press, Ferial Haffajee, of South Africa, for winning the Committee to Protect Journalists’ 2014 International Press Freedom Award.


Video by CPJ.

IPI urges Iran to drop sedition charges against Mashallah Shamsolvaezin

In an open letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the International Press Institute (IPI) appealed for respect of international press freedom standards in the case of 2014 IPI Press Freedom Hero Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, who is set to appear before a Tehran revolutionary court on Nov. 29 on charges of ‘propaganda against the state’.

Recently released Egyptian journalist shares his experience in prison and what led to his release last June

Abdullah Elshamy visited Vienna in September 2014 and granted IPI a few minutes to share his traumatic experience while being held in an Egyptian prison for ten months

Stop Killing Journalists: World Press Freedom Day 2014

The Public Liberties and Human Rights department at Aljazeera, in co-operation with IPI and several other international organizations who promote press freedom and the protection of journalists around the world, has produced a video in recognition of World Press Freedom Day on the May 3rd, 2014. It raises awareness of the number of journalists that have been killed in the past two decades and demands an end to impunity for those responsible.

IPI mourns the loss of our friend and colleague Bassem Sabry

April 30, International Press Institute, Vienna

Bassem Sabry speaks on digital journalism and press freedom in the Middle East

Bassem Sabry, an Egyptian journalist who was among those accepting the Free Media Pioneer Award at the recent IPI World Congress in South Africa, died on April 29, 2014, in an apparent accident in Cairo. He was 31. Sabry was widely respected for the reports and commentaries he filed from Cairo on the 2011 Arab Spring and the tumultuous political upheavals that followed. His dispatches appeared in numerous international publications, including Al-Monitor, the Internet news journal that is this year’s recipient of the Free Media Pioneer Award.

International Day to End Impunity 2013

Message from IPI Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie

Nov. 23, 2011, International Press Institute, Vienna

IPI Fight for Freedom

A production of The Knight Center for International Media, University of Miami School of Communication.

IPI would like to thank Gregory J. Shepherd, Dean; Joseph B. Treaster, Executive Producer; Mark Mocahbee, Director/Editor; Raphael Lima, Writer/Producer & Narration; and all those who kindly contributed to the production of this video.

"A Conversation on the Safety of Journalists"

International Day to End Impunity 2012

Nov. 22, 2012, Press Club Concordia, Vienna

On the eve of the International Day to End Impunity, celebrated every year on 23 November, the IPI round-table discussion brought together representatives of international organisations active in the protection of journalists’ safety and well as respected journalists who have experience in covering dangerous environments.

The panel included Frank La Rue, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Christof Heyns, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Roland Bless, Principal Adviser to the Representative on Freedom of the Media, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Guy Berger, Director, Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO, Anita Zielina, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, DER STANDARD & and Karl Bostic, former Chief, NBC News, Baghdad Office.

The webinar was moderated by IPI Deputy Director Anthony Mills, former CNN correspondent in Beirut, Lebanon.


"A Conversation on the Safety of Journalists"

International Day to End Impunity 2011

Nov. 23, 2012, International Press Institute, Vienna

Live from Vienna on the International Day to End Impunity, 23 November 2011, the International Press Institute and the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) organised an interactive webinar discussing violence against journalists and impunity.

Panellists include:

Alison Bethel McKenzie, Executive Director, International Press Institute
Andrei Richter, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media
Andrés Morales, Executive Director, Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa, Colombia
Melinda Quintos de Jesus, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibilities, Philippines
Darío Ramírez, Director, ARTICLE 19 Mexico and Central America

The discussion is moderated by Anthony Mills, IPI Press Freedom Manager and former CNN correspondent. 

International Day to End Impunity- Nov. 23, 2012

Message from IPI Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie

Nov. 23, 2011, International Press Institute, Vienna

A total of 119 journalists have been killed so far this year as a consequence of their work, according to the International Press Institute (IPI)’s Opens internal link in current windowDeath Watch. This is the highest figure since IPI started systematically keeping track of journalists’ killings around the world in 1997.

On Nov. 23, IPI joins journalists and civil society groups from around the world in commemorating the International Day to End Impunity (IDEI). The day marks the anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre in the Philippines and aims to highlight the fact that impunity remains one of the core problems in efforts to end attacks against journalists.


Archbishop Desmond Tutu on why he supports IPI


Interview with Ileana Marrero Joa, wife of jailed Cuban journalist Omar Rodrigues Saludes

Omar Rodriguez Saludes, director of the independent news agency Nueva Prensa Cubana in Havana, was arrested during the infamous March 2003 crackdown on Cuba's political dissidents and independent journalists. Rodriguez was sentenced to 27 years in prison, the longest sentence handed down to any of the 29 journalists arrested in the 2003 crackdown.

IPI spoke to Ileana Marrero Joa, his wife, and Miguel Saludes, Omar's uncle, about the terrible conditions of his imprisonment and the difficulties of being an independent journalist in Cuba today.


A Newspaper to Serve Society, Not the State: Russias Novaya Gazeta Wins IPI Pioneer Award


Novaya Gazeta, the crusading Moscow newspaper that has paid a deadly price for its reporting during a period when the Kremlin has sought to rein in independent media, has been named winner of the International Press Institutes 2009 Free Media Pioneer Award.

The award, announced to coincide with World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2009, recognised Novaya Gazeta's focus on in-depth reporting at a time when many of Russias print and broadcast media have softened their news content or have come under control of Kremlin allies. The award was presented at the IPI World Congress in Helsinki, Finland, on 7 June.