Become an IPI Member
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said it best: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." IPI shares Dr. King’s sentiments. Restrictions on a free press anywhere in the world are a threat to press freedom everywhere. By joining IPI, you join in solidarity with these ideals.
Everyone joins IPI for the sake of an idea … First, the strong must defend the weaker; second, the skilled must help the less-skilled; third, all can contribute to improving the practice of the profession.
Being the truly global network of media professionals, IPI has the capacity to counter threats to press freedom internationally. IPI has undertaken an extensive spectrum of activities and is constantly striving to maintain and expand its reputation as the world's leading press freedom organisation.
Benefits for IPI Members
IPI facilitates international networking and partnerships!
As a member you will have access to a world-wide network of media contacts which, in a globalised world, will be ever more important.
All research publications and access to the IPI archives and library
Members get special deals on events and the World Congress
As a member you can go with IPI to the frontlines to personally campaign for press freedom.
IPI's annual World Congress brings together top media, cultural and political representatives to discuss the latest press freedom and media trends.
Primarily, your support for IPI and its activities stands as a vote for a free press, and an important contribution towards creating a climate where the media is able to operate without restrictions.
Our members are editors, media executives and leading journalists working for some of the world's most respected media. Moreover, in several countries IPI members have established National Committees. The reputation, commitment and dedication of our members are the main reasons behind the success of the organisation.
Cooperation Agreement with the Media Legal Defence Initiative
The Media Legal Defence Initiative is an NGO whose mission is to help journalists and independent media defend legal cases against them. Based in London, it works through a global network of individual lawyers and partner organisations to provide on-the-ground legal assistance.
When a journalist is sued – often for libel or other charges related to their writing – MLDI can help find lawyers, pay legal fees, and if necessary work closely with lawyers defending the case to provide additional legal backup. Where necessary, we will put teams of lawyers on a case. Journalists or media outlets in need of legal support can contact us directly for an emergency grant or other form of assistance.
MLDI has a high rate of success. When necessary, it will defend a case through several appeals, including to national supreme courts or international human rights courts, and through this it has been able to win or get claims against journalists withdrawn in more than 75% of cases. Recent wins include the dismissal of million dollar libel threats against US-based Nigerian corruption website Sahara Reporters; acquittals for Ugandan journalists prosecuted on trumped-up treason charges; the defeat of publishing bans in Malaysia; and rulings at the UN and domestic courts invalidating criminal libel. Several of these wins have long-term impact and changed the law to allow greater freedom of expression.
To seek their assistance please click go to the MLDI website, www.mediadefence.org, and click “get help with a case”.
Best Western is the world’s largest hotel-chain with more than 4000 hotels worldwide. IPI members will enjoy a 20% discount off the best available rate.
What to expect when you stay at Best Western:
• Breakfast available to help you get a good start on your day
• FREE high-speed Internet helps you stay connected to work, friends and family
• FREE local calls
• FREE long distance access
• Copy & fax services to take care of business even while you're out of the office
• In-room coffee & tea maker
• Convenient lobby-computer to print airline boarding passes, maps & more
For further information on how to book a room at Best Western Hotels please contact IPI (see below).
Poynter is a school that exists to ensure that communities have access to excellent journalism—the kind of journalism that enables us to participate fully and effectively in our democracy. To that end, they teach those who manage, edit, produce, program, report, write, blog, photograph and design, whether they belong to news organizations or work as independent entrepreneurs. They teach those who teach, as well as students in middle school, high school and college—the journalists of tomorrow. And they teach members of the public, helping them to better understand how journalism is produced and how to tell for themselves whether it’s credible.
Poynter teaches management, ethical decision-making and the power of diversity; they teach editing, writing, reporting and new media skills; they teach those in broadcast, print and the Web; they teach those trying to remake their organizations and those trying to remake their journalistic skills set. Poynter teaching is unique. Guided by a resident faculty that includes distinguished professionals and scholars, their programs are designed to be highly interactive and give participants lots of individual attention. Teaching is both grounded in the extremely difficult realities of the marketplace and focused on the highest standards of journalistic values. Practical and aspirational, it is often referred to as the “Poynter Experience.”
A Washington Institution - The National Press Club, a private club for journalists and communications professionals, has been a Washington institution for more than a century. It is also a world-class conference and meeting facility that hosts thousands of events each year for sophisticated clients from around the globe. And while these are the Club’s functions, its mission is to be The World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists. It is a social and business organization dedicated to supporting the ongoing improvement of the profession of journalism.
For further information contact:
Membership and Global Relations
International Press Institute (IPI)
Tel: + 431-512 90 11
Fax: + 431-512 90 14