Over 70 journalists died so far this year. In countries as far apart as Syria and Mexico, Ethiopia and Pakistan, journalists are harassed, threatened, kidnapped and even killed. Impunity is the norm and physical violence and murder become easy ways to silence reporters.
The International Press Institute (IPI) believes that the democratic values of transparency and accountability can only be upheld by a truly free, diverse and independent media, powerful enough to protect the public interest and not be tamed by a culture of fear.
IPI works to defend the rights of journalists worldwide. We monitor violations of press freedom, engage with governments and lawmakers to improve legislative conditions for free expression, and provide training to ensure that journalists work to fulfill their role in society, to promote and defend democracy.