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October 9, 2014

Freedom of information hit by Ebola virus

The panic in Western African countries hit by the Ebola epidemic is taking its toll on local news media. Some countries are “quarantining” their journalists to prevent them covering this unprecedented public health crisis although responsible media coverage is badly needed. Last weekend in Guinea, soldiers prevented a group of lawyers and journalists from travelling to a village in N’Zérékoré prefecture to investigate the murders of eight people, including three journalists, during a health... MORE
September 26, 2014

Call for action to ensure safety of journalists in conflict zones

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the Swiss professional association of journalists Impressum , Amnesty International , the University of Fribourg , Reporters Without Borders and Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) adopted a joint resolution at the end of the third Forum on the journalism September 24 in Lausanne. The resolution calls: Publishers to provide sufficient human and material resources to journalists to ensure the freedom of the press; Governments to ensure the protection of... MORE
May 24, 2014

EU freedom of expression guidelines undermine freedom of expression

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) today expressed dismay at the failure of the European Union to recognise the public’s Right to Access Information. The EU Human Rights Guidelines on Freedom of Expression Online and Offline were formally adopted by the European Council’s Foreign Affairs meeting on 12 May, despite the IFJ, EFJ and other leading media and freedom of expression groups urging a delay and calling for a formal public... MORE
April 12, 2014

UNESCO awards Ahmet Şık annual press freedom prize

The Committee to Protect Journalists congratulates Turkish investigative journalist and book author Ahmet Şık on being awarded UNESCO's prestigious Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. The annual prize, named after slain Colombian journalist Guillermo Cano Isaza, honors a journalist or organization that "has made an outstanding contribution to the defense of press freedom." Şık will receive the award on May 2 at UNESCO's headquarters in Paris, as part of the UNESCO celebrations for World... MORE
April 9, 2014

CPJ welcomes court ruling against EU data retention

The Committee to Protect Journalists has hailed the decision by the European Court of Justice on April 8 invalidating the European Union's mandatory data retention directive. The court found that the indiscriminate collection of metadata poses a "particularly serious" and disproportional interference with the right to privacy. Mass metadata surveillance is "likely to generate in the minds of the persons concerned the feeling that their private lives are the subject of constant surveillance,"... MORE
April 5, 2014

30 Days for Freedom – Global campaign to free jailed journalists

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum have launched an exciting online campaign to highlight the plight of jailed journalists worldwide. In the 30-day lead-up to May 3, World Press Freedom Day , daily profiles of imprisoned journalists will be published on and linked to protest letters calling for their release. WAN-IFRA is encouraging social media users to share information about their cases across digital... MORE
April 4, 2014

Africa-EU summit must speak out against imprisoned journalists in Africa

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called on the European and African Heads of State attending the Africa-EU Summit in Brussels on April 2 to include the continuous imprisonment of journalists in many African states in their discussions. In an open letter sent to the leaders in attendance, the IFJ said that in order to foster long term development in African states a free and vibrant press is fundamental to hold governments accountable and advises that this must be at the... MORE
March 23, 2014

Principles on free expression and rights to water and sanitation launched

ARTICLE 19 has launched The Free Flow Principles: Freedom of Expression and Rights to Water and Sanitation on the ever of World Water Day. The Principles, developed in cooperation with experts and activists from around the world, provide guidance to policy makers and activists on how freedom of expression and information can help secure the rights to water and sanitation. "While the rights to water and sanitation have been recognised in international law, much more work needs to be done if... MORE
July 4, 2011

Twitter launches tool to help journalists

Twitter is trying to encourage journalists, with the company publishing guidelines designed to help journalists — traditional, new media, professional, citizen — to use the platform effectively, The Australian has reported. Twitter for Newsrooms, which went live last week at, is split into four main categories, starting with "Report", which shows how to use Twitter's advanced search functions and includes case studies on how reporters have used it to find and verify... MORE
May 3, 2011

IFEX unveils special website for World Press Freedom Day

Consider some of the past week's headlines: "Two photojournalists killed, two seriously injured in mortar fire in Libya; Journalists still being harassed as protests get stronger in the Middle East; Another Sri Lankan journalist arrested." Every day across the world, journalists, editors and publishers are murdered, assaulted, detained or harassed. Their publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down. So on each year on World Press Freedom Day —May 3 — IFEX members pause to... MORE