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IPI mourns loss of former board member Bartolomé Mitre

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and journalists, today expressed sadness at the death of its former Executive Board Member Bartolomé Mitre, who passed away Wednesday, just one week short of his 80th birthday. “IPI is proud to have counted such a passionate supporter of media freedom and dedicated [...]

Hungary: Press freedom threatened as Orbán handed new powers

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today expressed serious concern over the passing of new legislation handing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sweeping new powers to rule by decree and tighten his control over the country’s media amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On April [...]

IPI urges Guinea to investigate attacks on journalists covering election

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today condemned attacks on journalists in Guinea during parliamentary elections earlier this month and urged the authorities to investigate the attacks and hold the perpetrators to account. On March 22, delayed parliamentary polls and a constitutional referendum [...]

Blog: Hungarian journalists brace for Orbán power grab

Hungarian democracy is at a critical juncture. Early next week, MPs will vote on whether to approve a new draft law in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Though ostensibly aimed at tackling the Covid-19 pandemic, the legislation would also allow Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to extend the current state of emergency and rule by decree [...]

COVID-19: IPI calls for journalists release from Turkey’s prisons

The International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today demanded that imprisoned journalists must not be excluded from the government’s plan to release thousands of prisoners as part of the response to the COVID19 pandemic. SEE FULL STATEMENT ON FreeTurkeyJournalists WEBSITE

Slovenian journalists operate in increasingly toxic atmosphere

Journalists in Slovenia have been subjected to an unprecedented wave of insults and online smear campaigns for months now, and the COVID-19 outbreak has just opened a new flank. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, on March 13, 2020 a new government was formed by a coalition of parties and led by Prime Minister Janez Janša, leader [...]

Attacks on journalists challenge press freedom in Montenegro

In May 2018, Olivera Lakic, a journalist covering organized crime and corruption for Vijesti newspaper, was shot in the leg in a targeted attack in Podgorica, Montenegro’s capital. She survived the attempt on her life. Far from an isolated incident, however, this was one of many times that the journalist had faced serious physical threats [...]

Europe’s leaders must protect free flow of information to tackle COVID-19

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today called on European leaders to protect free flow of information and ensure that media freedom will be guaranteed as states strive to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. IPI joined together with eight other press freedom bodies to [...]

IPI launches website to monitor attacks on press linked to COVID-19 coverage

The International Press Institute (IPI) today is launching a new web page to track attacks on journalists and restrictions on press freedom amid efforts to tackle the current COVID-19 pandemic. “During this crisis, the free flow of news and information is more important than ever”, IPI Director of Advocacy Ravi R. Prasad said. “Independent news [...]

IPI urges Bangladesh to investigate disappearance of photojournalist

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today called on the government of Bangladesh to investigate the disappearance of Shafiqul Islam Kajol, photojournalist and the editor of the Pakkhakal magazine. Kajol, a Dhaka-based journalist, was reported missing on March 10 and has not been [...]