IPI World Congress 2018
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The International Press Institute (IPI) will hold its 2018 annual World Congress in Abuja, Nigeria from 21-23 June 2018. Under the theme “Why Good Journalism Matters”, the World Congress will affirm 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. 
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Friday, June 22 • 14:00 - 15:00
AMF I: Political Transitions and Democratic Change in Africa: New Spaces for Media Freedom

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The departure of long-time rulers in Angola, The Gambia and Zimbabwe. A peaceful change of government in Liberia. A tightly contested presidential vote in Kenya. Are recent political changes in Africa a sign of a broader democratization? Will media freedom find new spaces to prosper?  

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Mark Doyle

Freelance Journalist/Consultant, Former BBC Africa Correspondent
Mark Doyle is currently a freelance journalist/ consultant following an award-winning career as a BBC Correspondent and Editor, mostly in Africa. Important stories he covered for the BBC include the Genocide in Rwanda in 1994 and the wars that spread from Liberia across West Afri... Read More →
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Gwen Lister

Executive Chairperson, Namibia Media Trust
Gwen Lister is a journalist, columnist and press freedom activist. She founded The Namibian in 1985 at the height of colonial rule, making her the first woman newspaper editor in southern Africa. The newspaper was constantly the target of right-wingers because it exposed apartheid atrocities and supported the struggle for independence. Lister was jailed twice and won several international awards for her work. Among others, she was named a World Press Freedom Hero by the International Press Institute (IPI) and received an international press freedom award from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and a Courage in Journalism award from the International Womens Media Foundation (IWMF), among others. She is a founder member of the International Consortium of International Journalists (ICIJ) and currently heads the Namibia Media Trust which owns The Namibian, and which is active in promoting media freedom, freedom of expression and journalism training.  As a member of the Action Namibia coalition, NMT promotes an Access to Information (ATI) regime in the country.*Gwen Lister is... Read More →
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Tom Mshindi

Editor-in-Chief, Nation Media Group PLC
Tom Mshindi is a graduate of the University of Nairobi School of Journalism and has an AMP certificate from Strathmore Business School and another from IESE, New York. He worked for the Nation Media Group as a journalist, rising to the position of managing editor of the Daily Nation before joining UNICEF as an editor in New York. He served as UNICEF’s chief of communications in its Nigeria programme. He served as CEO of Standard Media Group before taking up appointment as the managing director of Monitor Publications Limited and subsequently at Nation Newspapers division. Mshindi was appointed editor-in-chief on June 5, 2015, and appointed an alternate director.*Tom Mshindi is... Read More →
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Trevor Ncube

Chairman, Alpha Media Holdings (AMH)
Trevor Ncube is chairman of Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) based in Zimbabwe, a company he co-founded 22 years ago. AMH owns four newspaper titles in Zimbabwe: NewsDay (national daily), Southern Eye (regional daily), The Zimbabwe Independent (business weekly) and The Standard (Sunday... Read More →

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