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Switzerland’s Markus Spillmann elected new IPI Executive Board chair

Markus Spillmann, former editor-in-chief of Switzerland’s Neue Zürcher Zeitung, was elected yesterday as the 34th chair of the International Press Institute (IPI)’s global Executive Board. “We live in difficult times”, Spillmann said in his acceptance speech. “Press freedom is under pressure, and no longer just in those many places where we always had difficult situations. […]

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IPI General Assembly passes four press freedom resolutions

Members of the International Press Institute (IPI), meeting at their 67th General Assembly during the 2018 IPI World Congress in Abuja, Nigeria, unanimously passed four resolutions urging action on press freedom issues in Africa, Egypt, Turkey and in relation to the online harassment of journalists. IPI members: – called on African governments to protect the […]

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At #IPIWoCo, Wole Soyinka offers hope for greater press freedom in Nigeria

Nigerian Nobel Prize laureate Wole Soyinka expressed optimism about the future of press freedom in Nigeria during a special interview at the International Press Institute (IPI)’s 2018 World Congress in Abuja even as he warned against the danger of self-censorship. Pinning Nigeria’s current press freedom level as “55 percent positive”, Soyinka said his country could […]

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Rafael Marques: Hero award ‘mirrors hope of Angolans for change’

Angolan anti-corruption journalist Rafael Marques was presented with the 2018 IPI World Press Freedom Hero award at a special ceremony at the 2018 IPI World Congress in Abuja, Nigeria. Unable to travel to Nigeria due to pending court proceedings against him, Marques addressed the gathering via video recording. His full acceptance speech is reprinted here. […]

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