Missions are IPI’s most direct and public form of engagement. We’re getting the facts on the ground, building dialogue and advocating for change with governments, media communities, civil society and other essential stakeholders. In countries where media freedom is under grave threat, we’re standing in solidarity with our members and fellow journalists.
Delegates from IPI and the African Media Initiative (AMI), led by IPI Executive Board Chair John Yearwood, travelled to Zambia ahead of the country’s August 2016 presidential elections to examine what appeared to be politically motivated government pressure on opposition newspaper The Post, including the seizure of The Post’s offices and printing press.
Delegates from IPI, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) undertook a joint fact-finding visit to Warsaw in January 2016 following the rapid passage of legislation threatening the independence of Poland’s public broadcaster. The mission met with a wide range of actors, including journalists, lawyers and representatives of Poland’s leading journalist associations to better understand the scope of the challenge to media freedom and pluralism.