Call for action: Improve implementation of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity

A coalition of civil society organisations that includes IFEX is calling on States to re-commit to the Plan of Action, and have worked together on a set of shared recommendations to strengthen it.

Access to resources : A new report by the Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association

Clément Nyaletsossi Voule has released a report that integrates many of the issues IFEX raised in its submission, and lays out a strong set of recommendations to protect the ability of civil society to do its important work.

Open Letter: On the State of Freedom of Expression and Civic Space in Turkey

The case against journalist Erol Önderoğlu and his co-defendants – postponed yet again this week, until October 2022 – is indicative of the much larger issue of how civic space is being actively and systematically constrained in Turkey.

The Safety of Women Journalists: A new advocacy tool from ARTICLE 19 and IFEX

Today ARTICLE 19 and IFEX launch the first in a series of #JournoSafe AdvoSheets, comprehensive but easy-to-use advocacy tools for media freedom and safety of journalists advocates.

IFEX stands in solidarity with Ukrainian member IMI, urges respect for Safety of Journalists & Right to Protest

“Following this morning’s invasion, the work of IMI, their partners and allies, and independent journalists across Ukraine and Russia is needed now more than ever. The safety of journalists, as well as the right to protest needs to be assured.” – IFEX Executive Director Annie Game.

It's time for the UN to Open the Doors to NGOs

Why it’s time for the UN to “Open the Doors to NGOs”

Like so many other rights organisations, IFEX has been hampered by politicised delays in obtaining UN accreditation. That’s why we are supporting the International Service for Human Rights “Open the Doors to NGOs” campaign, which aims to encourage the United Nations to “open the door” to greater civil society participation, and a diversity of alternative, independent and expert voices.

IFEX urges international community to pressure Myanmar junta to end crackdown and free protestors and journalists

“Amidst this violent crackdown, the international community urgently needs to show solidarity with the people of Myanmar as they struggle for their basic human rights. The muted response we’ve seen so far from the UN and ASEAN is simply not good enough” – IFEX Executive Director Annie Game.

IFEX hails Nobel Peace Prize award as underlining why press freedom is essential for democracy & human rights

As a global network committed to promoting the right to freedom of expression and working to make the link between that right and all others, IFEX is pleased to see the Nobel Committee making this same connection, particularly regarding the work of both Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov.

A riot police officer guards State Flag Square, with the Supreme Court building in the background, during mass protests against the presidential election results, in Minsk, Belarus, 20 September 2020, Valery Sharifulin/TASS via Getty Images

IFEX stands with Belarusian Association of Journalists following court-ordered dissolution, calls on global community to support Belarusian rights defenders

IFEX expresses solidarity with its member the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), following today’s politically-motivated decision by the Belarus Supreme Court to liquidate the organisation. We call on the international community to support all Belarusian journalists and rights defenders whose lives and livelihoods are under threat.

Journalist Freshta Farhang, who writes about women's issues for an online media outlet, sits at her desk in the newsroom, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 13 February 2019, Scott Peterson/Getty Images

Civil society and media organisations call on the G7 to protect and evacuate journalists and media workers in Afghanistan

Ahead of the G7 summit on the situation in Afghanistan, civil society and media organisations present key recommendations to ensure the urgent protection of journalists, media workers and their families.

Belarusian women march holding umbrellas in the colours of the former white-red-white flag of Belarus in solidarity with those who are imprisoned, in Minsk, 18 July 2021, STRINGER/AFP via Getty Images

Amidst escalating crackdown, international community must stand with the people of Belarus

The international community needs to urgently show solidarity with all Belarusian individuals and organisations struggling for their basic human rights, often at great cost to their own lives and livelihoods. The Belarus government’s escalating crackdown must be met with intensified international efforts to pressure the Lukašenka administration to change course and respect the human rights of the Belarusian people.

A photojournalist reacts while riot policemen clash with supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) party during a protest, in Islamabad, Pakistan, 13 April 2021, AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images

Campaign Snapshot: Passing a landmark law for journalists’ safety in Pakistan

On 8 November, Pakistan’s National Assembly unanimously passed the Protection of Journalists and Media Professionals Bill, 2021. Learn about how the Pakistan Press Foundation and its partners laid the groundwork for this welcome achievement.

Editor’s Note: We originally published this Campaign Snapshot in August 2021, to mark the passing of a landmark journalists’ safety bill in Pakistan, in the province of Sindh. Our hope that this would be followed by the passage of a national bill was realized on 8 November. Read more about that development here.

Human rights defender Gamal Eid (second from left) and other award winners and dignitaries at a ceremony for the 'Roland Berger Human Dignity Award', in Berlin, Germany, 22 November 2011, Stephan Schraps/Getty Images

IFEX calls on authorities in Egypt to drop their prosecution of prominent human rights defender Gamal Eid

“Gamal is one of the strongest independent voices still fighting for human rights in a country that has been dismantling civil society and closing the space for freedom of expression and information for far too long. The trumped-up charges against him should be dropped immediately, along with the travel ban and assets freeze.’

Women holding banners, emergency flares and torches take part in a a demonstration against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar, 14 July 2021, Yan Naing Aung/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

IFEX calls on Myanmar junta to drop all charges under new censorship legislation, free all protestors and journalists, and restore media licenses

IFEX is calling for the restoration of media licenses to IFEX member Mizzima News and other media outlets who have played an essential role in shedding light on the violence inflicted by the junta against their own people. 897 people have been killed and over 6500 arrested, charged or sentenced since the coup in February.