"Celebrating Freedom: Two Decades of Evolving Media"

IPI World Congress 2014

12 - 15 April 2014 / Cape Town, South Africa

Over the past 20 years we have seen dramatic changes in the media. The same applies to South Africa, the country that transitioned from a brutal apartheid regime to a thriving, open, multi-racial, democratic society. As one of the oldest press freedom organizations in the world to witness both historical transformations - IPI is returning to South Africa!

20 years after our last Congress in Cape Town, on the eve of the historic all-race elections, we are gathering the stalwarts of press freedom from around the world to celebrate two decades of freedom and innovation and to discuss the state of the media profession today.


We will have some of the most important and influential media professionals to help us explore a number of hot topics, including:

  • "The New South Africa - A Look at the Media Landscape & Press Freedom 20 Years On"
  • "Criminal Defamation and Insult Laws - Why Leaders Won’t Budge"
  • "The Whistleblower and the Journalist - How Current Events are Impacting Press Freedom and the People’s Right to Know"
  • "Power Stakes - The Role of China in the Developing World"
  • "Data Journalism - Filtering the Flow of Information"
  • "When the War on Terror Puts Journalists’ Behind Bars"
  • "Photojournalism and Media Access"

To see the evolving Congress programme, please visit the official Congress website (here).

Let's Celebrate!

We have many reasons to celebrate next year and we have a lot to offer in Cape Town:

  • 11 panel sessions
  • Launch of the commemorative African World Press Freedom Heroes' coffee table book - a collection of testimonies and articles written by and presented by IPI's living Press Freedom Heroes from Africa
  • Presentation of the IPI Free Media Pioneer Award and the IPI World Press Freedom Hero Award
  • Presentation of the latest IPI publications
  • One-day Workshop: "Advanced Research on the Web" (in collaboration with Intajour and the Ford Foundation)
  • International Press Freedom Cartoon Exhibition
  • Interesting evening programmes and cultural events, including a graffiti art competition and a special tribute to Nelson Mandela.

We will celebrate freedom using different media and different forms of expression: from dialogue and discussion, cartoons, photography and graffiti, to music and dance. Come prepared to explore, to meet new friends, to learn and to get motivated! Cape Town awaits you.