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India: Press freedom rapidly deteriorating

Press freedom in India faces a rapid downward spiral as journalists are being targeted by the government in a bid to control the narrative in the country on the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Press Institute warned in a statement today. The Indian government has resorted to various tactics to prevent independent media from reporting about [...]

Azerbaijan abuses quarantine rules to jail critical journalists and bloggers

Authorities in Azerbaijan should immediately release three journalists detained on spurious charges while reporting on COVID-19 and stop abusing quarantine rules to silence criticism, the International Press Institute (IPI) said today. Over the past two weeks, courts have jailed three different journalists and detained another as they were reporting on the implications of the government’s [...]

IPI joins call to guarantee safety of Slovenian investigative journalist

The International Press Institute (IPI) has joined six other press freedom organizations in calling on the European Commission to ensure the safety of Slovenian investigative journalist Blaž Zgaga. Over the past month, Zgaga, who is a member of the prestigious International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), has received death threats and smears after he submitted [...]

EU’s new rule of law mechanism must help uphold press freedom

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, has joined together with 24 other civil society partners to send a list of recommendations to EU leaders on how a newly formed rule of law mechanism can help strengthen press freedom and media plurality. The joint [...]

Uncharted waters: media freedom under COVID-19

Global press freedom is entering uncharted waters. As governments around the world scramble to stop the spread of the COVID-19 and protect the health of their citizens, states of emergency are being announced and extensive restrictions put in place. Wide-ranging limits on freedoms are being implemented on a scale not seen in peacetime. In a [...]

Chechnya leader launches tirade against Russian investigative journalist

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today condemned the threats targeted at prominent Russian investigative journalist Elena Milashina and the Novaya Gazeta newspaper by the leader of Russian Republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. During his daily broadcast on Instagram on April 13, Kadyrov issued a violent [...]

IPI urges WHO to grant accreditation to Taiwan journalists

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to grant accreditation to Taiwanese journalists. Journalists from Taiwan (Republic of China) have been denied accreditation by the WHO for the past six years. As a result, Taiwanese media [...]

Zambia cancels license of private TV channel over COVID-19 ad dispute

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today urged the broadcasting authority in Zambia to restore the license of the privately owned Prime Television. Zambia’s Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) on Thursday suspended the broadcasting license of Prime Television with immediate effect. In the letter [...]

IPI condemns the arrest of two TV executives in Jordan

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today condemned the arrest of Roya TV channel owner Fares Sayegh and news director Mohamad al-Khalidi by Jordanian security forces. The arrest took place on April 10 after the TV channel aired a segment in which people from [...]

COVID-19: Why as journalists we need to watch both our physical and mental health

It’s easy for journalists to overlook their own mental and psychological well-being in covering this unprecedented story. To help, IPI Executive Board member Martha Steffens of the University of Missouri School of Journalism organized a webinar on April 7 with Dr. Anthony Feinstein of the University of Toronto and Scott McKiernan, the founder of independent [...]

Blog: State support for media: A noble but risky proposition

As news organizations around the world have been recording, on one hand, an increase in audiences of their online platforms, on the other hand, a decrease in income both from advertising and sales, it has become increasingly clear that there may be a role for state institutions to play in supporting a public good: independent [...]

Over 80 groups demand release of jailed journalists in Africa amid pandemic

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, joined 80 other press freedom and human rights organizations from all over the world to call on 10 African countries to release all journalists from prison amid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a joint letter [...]

How IPI members are facing the COVID-19 challenge: India

Kavita Bundelkhandi, Editor, Khabar Lahariya, India As reporters who have worked in media-barren regions of rural north India for 18 years, we have been covering the everyday lives of the poor and marginalized. Health crises are not new to us. The first challenge for us covering COVID19, therefore, was understanding the very nature of this [...]

الإجراءات الطارئة لمكافحة كوفيد-١٩ يجب ألا تُستخدم لكبح حريات الصحافة

Read this in English حثّ المعهد الدولي للصحافة، وهو شبكة عالمية معنية بحقوق الصحفيين ومكونة من كبار الصحفيين والمحررين ومديري الصحف والقنوات الإعلامية حول العالم ومقرها الرئيسي في فيينا اليوم، حكومات الدول حول العالم على الاعتراف بالدور المهم للصحافة المستقلة في ظل تفشي فيروس كورونا ومنع اتخاذ الإجراءات الطارئة لمحاربة المرض كوسيلة لمراقبة الصحافة الإلكترونية [...]

European media freedom suffers under COVID-19 response

At a time when a free and vibrant media is more important than ever, governments in Europe are increasingly taking advantage of emergency legislation aimed at tackling the coronavirus to push through restrictions which seriously erode press freedom. According to data collected by the International Press Institute (IPI), over the past few weeks an alarming number of [...]

WPFD 2020: COVID-19 accelerating a global decline in media freedom

In a short space of time, the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped much of the world and posed unprecedented new challenges to journalists and media outlets alike. In many autocratic countries with already poor records on press freedom, governments have abused emergency measures to crack down further on independent media and tighten control over information. In [...]

كوفيد-١٩: المعهد الدولي للصحافة يحث على إطلاق سراح جميع الصحفيين المُعتقلين

Read this in English حثّ المعهد الدولي للصحافة، وهو شبكة عالمية معنية بحقوق الصحفيين ومكونة من كبار الصحفيين والمحررين ومديري الصحف والقنوات الإعلامية حول العالم ومقرها الرئيسي في فيينا اليوم، الحكومة المصرية على إطلاق سراح الصحفيين المُعتقلين، تخوفاً من انتشار وباء كورونا داخل السجون. ويقبع حالياً أكثر من ٦٠ صحفياً في سجون مصر المعروفة بازدحامها [...]

Covid-19: IPI urges Egypt to release all detained journalists

للاطلاع على التقرير باللغة العربية The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today urged Egypt to release all detained journalists amid concerns over the spread of Covid-19 in prisons. More than 60 journalists are currently being detained in different Egyptian prisons, which are overcrowded [...]

COVID-19: Abuse of emergency powers to stifle media grows

In a bid to control information about the COVID-19 pandemic, several governments around the world are using emergency powers to stifle independent media. According to data collected by the International Press Institute (IPI), governments, especially those with existing authoritarian tendencies, are taking advantage of emergency legislation to crackdown on media freedom, frequently on the pretext [...]

Council of Europe must ensure press freedom is protected

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today called on Europe’s top human rights and democracy organization to protect free flow of information and ensure that media freedom is guaranteed as states strive to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. IPI joined with nine other press [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Crisis point: Covid-19 intensifies challenge for independent media in Hungary

The Covid-19 crisis has exacerbated existing challenges for independent media in Hungary, as the government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán pursues tighter information control and intensifies its now decade-long campaign to discredit and undermine critical journalism. With information centralized during the crisis, FOI deadlines extended, sources intimidated from speaking out and daily press conferences overlooking [...]

Egypt revokes credentials of Guardian journalist

للاطلاع على التقرير باللغة العربية The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today condemned Egypt for revoking the credentials of The Guardian correspondent Ruth Michaelson for a report on COVID-19 infections in the country. On March 18, the Press Information Service of Egypt announced [...]

Las medidas de emergencia contra el COVID-19 no deben ser un pretexto para limitar la libertad de prensa

El Instituto Internacional de la Prensa (IPI, por sus siglas en inglés) insta a todos los gobiernos a respetar la función social que ejercen los medios de información en su cobertura de la pandemia y a no usar las medidas de emergencia adoptadas como un pretexto para censurar o implementar nuevas regulaciones que socaven la [...]

IPI condemns China’s expulsion of U.S. journalists

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today condemned China’s decision to expel journalists with The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. “The expulsion of foreign journalists from China is not only a violation of press freedom but comes [...]

COVID-19 için alınan önlemler, basın özgürlüğünü engellemek için kullanılmamalı

Uluslararası editör, gazeteci ve medya yöneticilerinin basın özgürlüğünü korumak amacıyla bir araya gelerek oluşturduğu Uluslararası Basın Enstitüsü (IPI), koronavirüs salgını sürecinde bağımsız haberciliğin hayati rolünün tanınması için hükûmetlere küresel çağrı yaptı. IPI, salgınla mücadelede alınan acil durum önlemlerinin çevrim içi ya da çevrim dışı  haber ve bilgi akışını sansürlemek için bir bahane olarak kullanılamayacağının veya [...]

Emergency COVID-19 measures must not be used to roll back media freedom

للاطلاع على التقرير باللغة العربية Türkçesini okuyun Lea esto en Español The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today urged governments worldwide to recognize the crucial role of independent news media in the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure that emergency measures to tackle the [...]

IPI condemns China’s decision to expel Wall Street Journal reporters

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today condemned China’s decision to expel three journalists with The Wall Street Journal. China revoked the press credentials of three Journal reporters based in Beijing on Wednesday and has ordered them to leave the country within five [...]

Covering the Pandemic – African Journalism in the Era of COVID-19

Efforts by the governments and conflicts have become a major obstacle in reporting on COVID-19 pandemic in Africa. Journalists are struggling to get accurate information from their governments, which are attempting to control the public narrative about the unprecedented health crisis, according to panellists who participated in a webinar  jointly organized by the International Press [...]