IPI in the News

A sampling of news coverage of IPI from global media.

Awoko, Sierra Leone: “FOI bill is crucial for Sierra Leone” – Exec. Dir. Int’l Press Institute

In her maiden visit to Sierra Leone with the aim of lobbying government to promulgate the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill into law, Alison Bethel McKenzie, Executive Director of the International Press Institute (IPI) has disclosed that if the bill is passed into law “it will be crucially momentous to Sierra Leone.”She was speaking to Awoko in an exclusive interview. She noted, “The FOI Act will not just be for journalists, but for everyone. I think it is important that the people access information as it is very crucial,” Madam Mckenzie stated.

The Gleaner, Jamaica: Ending criminal defamation laws in the Caribbean

IPI is actively campaigning for the governments of the Caribbean to redress their current criminal libel laws. At present, the law is vague and open to indiscriminate and inconsistent implementation, largely wielded to quell dissent and stifle government criticism.

IPI has conducted press freedom missions in a number of Caribbean nations. An IPI delegation visited Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, and government ministers and officials in both Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. In each instance, IPI received support for its position on criminal libel, with each government reaffirming its commitment to an independent press.

AllAfrica.com: Nigeria - IPI Local Committee Condemns Journalist Beatings

The International Press Institute (IPI) and members of the Institute's Nigerian national committee today condemned a string of recent attacks against the press and called on the Nigerian police and the state prosecutor to fulfil their duties by punishing those responsible. The apparently targeted killings of two journalists this year underscore the urgency with which the government must tackle impunity.

The Bajan Reporter, Barbados: “Media In A Challenging World: A 360 Degree Perspective” – International Press Institute Honors Exceptional Journalists.

An awards dinner, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain, Trinidad, honored IPI’s latest World Press Freedom Hero, David Rohde, a Thomson Reuters columnist and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. Rohde’s notable career has included reports from Bosnia and Afghanistan where he was held in captivity by the Taliban for more than seven months. Receiving IPI’s 2012 Free Media Pioneer Award was the 34 Multimedia Magazine, founded and published by Iryna Vidanava. The youth-oriented publication was forced to change to a digital format to circumvent the repressive regime in Belarus which shut down its earlier print version in 2005. A special citation was also given posthumously to Sir Etienne Dupuch OBE, editor and publisher of the Nassau Tribune for 54 years, who held the record for being the world’s longest serving editor. His award was accepted by his grandson Robert Carron.

Taiwan plays host to International Press Institute World Congress

The International Press Institute World Congress 2011 will take place in Taipei Sept. 25 to 27, marking the first time in 12 years that Taiwan has hosted the event.

The theme for the annual gathering, now in its 60th year, is “The Asia Media Century—21st Century Developments from New Technologies to Press Freedom.”

Duncan Wang, chairman of the IPI ROC (Taiwan) National Chapter, said Taiwan has made huge progress in the last few years in terms of political liberalization, press freedom as well as technological readiness, making the country a fit host for the event.

Global Post: International Press Institute gathers in Taiwan for media freedoms

"It's an impressive conference. A place to re-consolidate efforts to fight for press freedom around the world and to honor those who have risked everything in pursuit of those freedoms, but also a meticulously planned and productive conference that assesses the state of journalism globally in a time of great change and tumult. The panels and speeches here have enlightened and informed about the extraordinary challenges, growing uncertainties and extraordinary opportunities that the digital age presents."

China Post: IPI calls for greater press freedom in China

"Remarking on the absence of members of the press from mainland China who are either forbidden to come or are concerned of consequences of participating the congress, IPI Chairman Carl-Eugen Eberle said in his closing address that he hoped to “melt down the ice in which Chinese journalism seem to be frozen.” He also thanked the Taiwan government, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin and the United Daily News, which organized the congress, in his remarks."

Press Gazette: Mark Thompson launches defence of the PCC

"Giving a speech to the International Press Institute conference in Taiwan, Thompson warned against the creation of a single regulator covering all news outlets and said he was “sceptical of the view that newspapers should be regulated in the same way as broadcasters like the BBC who reach into every household in the land”.

He said: “Plurality of regulation is a good thing. One of the safeguards that broadcasters in the UK have is the presence of a far less regulated press which can draw attention to any attempt by the authorities or anyone else to misuse their powers when it comes to broadcasting."

Bloomberg: Erdogan’s Turkey Becomes Biggest Jailer With Opponents Alleging Power Grab

"There are 57 reporters in prison in Turkey, according to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, making the country the world’s top jailer of journalists, data compiled by the International Press Institute show", says Bloomberg in an article on Turkey's political situation. 

Hurriyet: Turkey 'world leader' in imprisoned journalists, IPI report says

Turkey has more journalists in prison than any other country in the world, including China and Iran, according to a press release issued Monday by the International Press Institute.

Der Standard, Austria: "Besorgnis" über Österreichs Medien

Die Situation der Medien in Österreich ist natürlich nicht zu vergleichen mit jener in Ländern wie der Türkei oder Ungarn", sagt die IPI-Chefin Montagabend in Wien. Hier ist "alles auf eine Art okay", sagt sie.

BusinessDay - RAYMOND LOUW: Irony in Cairo as a younger Mubarak gives in

Fascinating article about IPI's first encounter with deposed President Mubarak, by IPI fellow Raymond Louw: "He reasoned that the Egyptian secret police made daily visits to his room and they would come across the draft statement, make a copy of it and pass it on to higher authority."


International Press Institute to assist Azerbaijan in developing defamation law

The International Press Institute will assist in developing the defamation law in Azerbaijan, Director of the International Press Institute Allison Bethel said a press conference.

The Guardian: Grant for press freedom watchdog

The International Press Institute has been awarded a $200,000 grant (£125,000) by the New York-based Ford Foundation to support IPI's core mission.

AllAfrica.com: Zambia: IPI Welcomes Progress Towards Self-Regulation

The International Press Institute (IPI) today welcomed a commitment from key members of the Zambia Media Council (ZAMEC) to strengthen enforcement mechanisms within the voluntary, non-statutory council. IPI also welcomed comments made by Zambian Vice President George Kunda, who told Parliament on 25 March that the government will refrain from seeking statutory regulation - for the time being.

Evening Standard: Turkey's press freedom attack is a disgrace

It cuts no ice with the IPI - a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists - which illustrated its deep scepticism about the nature of the charges against one particular journalist, Nedim Sener, by naming him last year as a World Press Freedom Hero. He was also honoured with a freedom of expression award by International PEN

Deutsche Welle: Journalists' arrests fuel concerns over Turkish press freedom

According to the latest report from the International Press Institute, the number of journalists detained in Turkey has risen to 68. The EU Commission and the European Parliament have indicated that there are concerns about press freedom. Media law attorney Fikret Ilkiz is of the opinion that the legal situation in Turkey places great pressure on journalists.

Latin American Herald Tribune: Press Rights Group Calls on Mexico to Probe Journalists’ Killings

 The International Press Institute, or IPI, has called on Mexican officials to “aggressively investigate” the murders of two journalists in the northern part of that country.

In a communique, the IPI – a worldwide network of publishers and editors in the communications media, based in Vienna – noted the killings of Jose Luis “La Gata” Cerda Melendez, 33, the host of a program on national television network Televisa, and Luis Emanuel Ruiz Carrillo, 20, a reporter for the daily La Prensa.

AFP: Online TV journalist killed in Libya: press group

The founder of a Libyan online news channel has become the second journalist killed in the country's conflict after he was shot dead in the city of Benghazi, an international press group said Monday.
The Vienna-based International Press Institute said in a statement that Mohammed al-Nabbous, 28, was shot by snipers on Saturday while the eastern city was under attack from Moamer Kadhafi's forces.

Nieman Journalism Lab: Global engagement: Google, the International Press Institute and the expansion of news innovation

But what about guiding news experiments on a global scale? This one’s not so easy. “In a lot of parts of the world we’re still dealing with traditional media: radio, TV, and the newspaper,” said Alison Bethel McKenzie, director of the International Press Institute.

The Telegraph: Libya as it happened

Mohammed al-Nabbous, a Libyan online TV journalist, has become the second reporter to be killed in the conflict after he was shot dead by a sniper in Benghazi on Saturday, the Vienna-based International Press Institute said.

Reuters: Radio host shot dead in Philippine capital

According to data from the International Press Institute, a total of 98 journalists have been killed in the Philippines since 2000 due to their jobs.