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José Arita, Honduras

José Arita, a television journalist, was killed on Monday, November 25, in the north coast city of Puerto Cortes. The journalist was shot dead as he left his office at Channel 12 Television station. According to preliminary investigations by the police, four people were waiting for Arita to leave the office and shot him at a [...]

IPI joins international organisations to scrutinize press freedom in Austria

Shortly before the collapse of the ÖVP-FPÖ coalition government in May this year, the independence of Austria’s public broadcaster ORF seemed seriously threatened. Government’s attempts to eliminate license fees, if successful, would make the ORF dependant on the government for budgetary decisions. This, in turn, would increase the risk of interference by government’s representatives in [...]

IPI joins international call for an impartial inquiry into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, has joined a coalition of 9 other free expression, anti-corruption, and journalists’ organizations demanding independent and impartial investigation into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The group released the call expressing fear of political interference amidst reports on [...]

Verdict looms 10 years after Philippine press massacre

Today the world marks the 10-year anniversary of the single deadliest attack on the media in modern times. On November 23, 2009, 32 journalists along with 26 civilians were kidnapped from their convoy by armed gunmen and brutally murdered in the Philippine province of Maguindanao. Some were beheaded, female reporters were raped, and all their [...]

Press freedom coalition to visit Hungary

A coalition of six international press freedom organisations and journalists’ organisations will carry out a three-day mission to Hungary from November 25 to 27 to examine current developments related to the state of press freedom and media capture in the country. The mission will meet with Hungarian journalists and civil society groups. It will also [...]

IPI condemns injury to Palestinian journalist by Israeli sniper

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and journalists for press freedom, today condemned a recent incident in which a Palestinian photographer was seriously injured in the eye by an apparent Israeli sniper as well as the teargassing by Israeli security forces of journalists protesting the incident. On November 15, [...]

Groups launch Turkey press freedom mission report

The International Press Institute (IPI) highlighted the continued jailing of over 120 journalists in Turkey as a deep stain on the country’s human rights record at the launch of a joint report by eight international press freedom and journalism organizations on the status of press freedom in the country. Turkey’s Journalists in the Dock: The [...]

Combating online violence against journalists in ‘world’s happiest country’

Struck by his own experience in dealing face-to-face with his own harasser, Sami Koivisto, head of audience dialogue at the Finnish public broadcaster Yle, used this ordeal in developing a company guide on how to address online abuse on social media. In a detailed and intense article, Koivisto recounted his personal experience of the mediation [...]

Two years of legal limbo for Cambodia journalists charged with espionage

Two years after their arrest in Cambodia on groundless esiponage-related charges, former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin remain on trial in a case that has been repeatedly delayed, in part due to lack of evidence, leaving the pair in legal limbo and a state of constant uncertainty about their future. [...]

Outrage as veteran Turkish journalist Ahmet Altan re-arrested

The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today expressed outrage at the re-arrest of prominent Turkish journalist and novelist Ahmet Altan just days after his release from prison. Altan, a veteran journalist and former editor-in-chief of the now-closed Taraf newspaper, had been freed from prison pending [...]