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Nicaragua’s exiled journalists fight for press freedom from abroad

Working conditions for Nicaraguan journalists have gone from bad to worse under the repressive regime of President Daniel Ortega. Following the start of a national protest movement on April 18, 2018, attacks on press freedom increased. Between April and December 2018, there were over 700 attacks on Nicaraguan journalists, according to monitoring conducted by the [...]

IPI condemns Slovak party leader’s attacks on IPI vice chair

The International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today condemned yesterday’s abusive verbal tirade launched by former Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico against IPI Vice Chair Beata Balogová. At a press conference yesterday, Fico lashed out at Balogová, editor-in-chief of the influential Slovak daily SME, [...]

Famed Ghana undercover journalist demands justice for colleague’s murder

The murder of Ahmed Hussein-Suale, an investigative reporter at Anas Aremeyaw Anas’s organization Tiger Eye PI, is no closer to being solved. After exposing corruption in African football last year, Ahmed was killed in Accra, Ghana, on January 16th by unidentified gunmen on motorbikes while returning home from work. Over two months later, the investigation [...]

IJ4EU: The ‘militarization of patriotism’ in Central Europe

What forces are behind the rise of right-wing paramilitary groups in Central and Eastern Europe? How are they funded and what are the links between them? How are they shifting understandings of what it means to be patriotic? These are some of the questions that the team of investigative journalists at VSquare sought to answer [...]

IPI condemns attack on Polish journalist by Venezuelan security forces

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and journalists, vehemently condemned an alleged assault by Venezuelan security forces on Tomasz Surdel, correspondent of the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza in Caracas. Surdel has been reporting on anti-government protests in Venezuela since the beginning of February. According to Gazeta Wyborcza, Surdel was [...]

Slovakia charges suspected mastermind in journalist murder

The International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today welcomed news that Slovak police have charged the suspected mastermind of the murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová. Marian Kočner, who is currently in detention on unrelated fraud charges, has been charged [...]

In Kenya, increasingly critical media see growing attacks

The year 2018 was a difficult one for press freedom in Kenya. Physical and verbal attacks against journalists increased. At the end of January, the government temporarily shut down several independent TV stations. Journalists, human rights organizations and the Media Council of Kenya repeatedly expressed their concerns over the deteriorating state of press freedom. One [...]

IPI demands release of Sudan editor

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and journalists, has urged the government of Sudan to immediately release Osman Mirghani, editor-in-chief of the newspaper Al-Tayar, who has been in detention at an undisclosed location since February 22. According to information gathered by IPI, Mirghani was arrested at his office by [...]

IPI urges Ukraine to overturn entry ban on Austrian journalist

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists, today condemned Ukraine’s decision to place an entry ban on respected Austrian correspondent Christian Wehrschütz. The Austrian Foreign Ministry said yesterday in a statement that Ukrainian authorities had confirmed the ban. Wehrschütz has regularly reported from Ukraine, including in areas [...]

In Hungary, media freedom defenders turn to creative legal fightback

After nine years of relentless attacks by the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s few remaining independent media outlets are increasingly relying on legal challenges to keep their heads above the water. The International Press Institute (IPI) talked to two of the people and organizations mounting these creative legal fightbacks: a Hungarian civil rights [...]