Programmes  OnTheLine – About the programme

OnTheLine is IPI’s online media freedom initiative



OnTheLine is the International Press Institute (IPI)’s digital media initiative and seeks to expose and counter a range of threats against press freedom and free expression in the digital sphere – e.g. via Twitter, Facebook, email etc. – including:

  • Threats of violence, including threats of death or other harm
  • Abusive behaviour, including sexual or other harassment, cyber-stalking, smear campaigns, the posting of defamatory or false materials, or other similar conduct
  • Technical interference, including the use of malware or other means to attack content you posted or the ability to access it, or hacking of your accounts or personal information
  • Improper legal threats, including threats of criminal or civil actions, or improper takedown requests

Data collected will be used to support IPI’s global advocacy efforts to promote online journalists’ safety and progressive regulatory frameworks that ensure free expression online.


IPI works to defend and promote press freedom wherever it is threatened, including via:

  • Written protests, open letters and other statements – disseminated via traditional and new media – to raise international awareness of the plight of threatened journalists and to demonstrate to repressive regimes that such actions will not be tolerated
  • Direct advocacy with governments in countries where press freedom is under threat, both through correspondence and through press freedom missions to those countries, to share our concerns directly and to pressure governments to take steps to end press freedom violations
  • Direct advocacy with other stakeholders – including representatives of third-party governments, international organisations, NGOs and other members of civil society – to bring similar pressure to bear and to work collaboratively for change.