IPI World Congress 2018 has ended

The International Press Institute (IPI) held its 2018 annual World Congress in Abuja, Nigeria from 21-23 June 2018. Under the theme “Why Good Journalism Matters”, the World Congress affirmed the indispensable role of quality media in building strong societies, showcasing investigative stories and projects that bring positive change to individuals and communities in Africa and around the world.

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IPI is a Vienna-based global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists. We are dedicated to furthering and safeguarding press freedom, protecting freedom of opinion and expression, promoting the free flow of news and information, and improving the practices of journalism. 
Saturday, June 23 • 11:15 - 12:15
Surveillance and the Media: Roundtable & Workshop (part I)

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The behaviour of tracking, monitoring, gathering data and invading privacy otherwise known as surveillance, has become normal practice across the globe. Government surveillance programs are carried out in the name of terrorism, but what is the real motive behind this? How aware are the media about surveillance tactics in their countries and how can they protect their data, employees and their sources?
  • What is the state of surveillance in your country?
  • How has state surveillance impacted the media and the way they operate?
  • How has the sophistication and increase in targeted online attacks changed journalism?
  • How have regulations and laws influenced the parameters of surveillance?
  • Are journalists and media houses aware of the risks?
  • What are safeguards that you are taking to counter surveillance?
(in partnership with Free Press Unlimited)


Leon Willems

Senior Advisor International Partnerships, Free Press Unlimited
Leon Willems is Senior Advisor International Partnerships at Free Press Unlimited, a Netherlands based international Press Freedom Organisation working in over 50 countries globally, focusing on media in shrinking civic space and the resilience and viability of journalism. Free... Read More →

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Virginia Pérez Alonso

Editor-in-chief, Público
Virginia Pérez Alonso is a Spanish journalist and co-editor-in-chief at Público, the only influential mainstream media in Spain to have two women at the helm. Before that, she served as deputy editor-in-chief at El Mundo. Previously, she was the deputy editor-in-chief at Grupo 20... Read More →
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Joan Chirwa

Founder and Executive Director, Zambia Free Press Initiative
Joan Chirwa, a journalist with 20 years of experience both in the field and management position, is a self-driven and highly motivated media personality.Born on August 7, 1981, Joan holds a Master of Arts Degree in Mass Communication from Leicester University in the United Kingdom... Read More →
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Dapo Olorunyomi

Publisher & CEO, Premium Times
Dapo Olorunyomi is currently the publisher of Nigeria’s leading investigative news platform, Premium Times. Previous to this, he served as pioneer policy director and chief of staff at Nigeria’s leading anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.His... Read More →
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Joshua Olufemi

Program Director, Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism

Saturday June 23, 2018 11:15 - 12:15 WAT
Hilton Hotel / Delta Room