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 • 16:30 - 17:30
AMF IV: Fighting the Good Fight - African Media Face the Might of State Censorship

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Across Africa, governments continue to repress media freedom through the jailing of journalists, restrictive laws as well as more subtle tactics to control information. Hear prominent journalists discuss their fight to bring news to the public, even when the odds are stacked against them.  

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Joan Chirwa

Editor-in-Chief and CEO, The Mast
Joan Chirwa is editor-in-chief and CEO of the newly established independent newspaper The Mast, founded in 2016 as the successor to The Post, which was placed under liquidation following years of official harassment over its critical reporting. Before taking on her current position, she served as managing editor of The Post, where she began as a correspondent and worked for 11 years, quickly rising through the ranks. After the closure of The Post’s editorial offices and printing facility by the Zambian government in June 2016, Chirwa led a team of editorial staff using a makeshift newsroom and producing the newspaper from a clandestine location for five months.*Joan Chirwa is... Read More →
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Barbara Kaija

Editor-in-Chief, New Vision Printing & Publishing Company
Barbara Kaija is editor-in-chief of the New Vision Printing and Publishing Company Ltd, the largest media house in Uganda. The company owns seven newspapers, including the country’s two largest dailies; six radio stations, four TV stations, websites and magazines. Kaija joined... Read More →
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Rafael Marques de Morais

Founder and Director, Maka Angola
IPI member Rafael Marques de Morais is an Angolan journalist and human rights defender focused on investigating government corruption and abuses in the diamond industry. He was imprisoned for his work in 1999 for calling Angolan President Dos Santos a dictator in an article titled “The Lipstick of Dictatorship”. He was released after international advocacy efforts on his behalf. His case was eventually taken up by the U.N. Human Rights Committee, which delivered a precedent-setting ruling in 2005 that Angola had violated the journalist’s fundamental rights. In 2000, he won the Percy Qoboza Award for Outstanding Courage from the National Association of Black Journalists (USA). In 2006, he received the Civil Courage Prize from the Train Foundation (USA) for his human rights activities. He has published various reports on human rights abuses in the diamond industry in Angola, including “Blood Diamonds: Corruption and Torture in Angola” (2011) and the latest report “Angola’s Killing Fields – A Report on Extrajudicial Executions in Luanda” (2016 to 2017).*Rafael Marques de Morais is... Read More →

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