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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Thursday, June 21


IPI Executive Board Meeting
For IPI Executive Board Members only

Thursday June 21, 2018 09:00 - 16:00




Friday, June 22



Opening Ceremony
Keynote speech followed by Q&A

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Muhammadu Buhari

President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Muhammadu Buhari has been president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria since May 2015. He is a retired major general in the Nigerian Army and he previously ruled Nigeria from January 1984 until August 1985, taking charge after a military coup in December 1983.Full biography available... Read More →


Town Hall Meeting: Why Good Journalism Matters (And How to Make People Like It)
Editors and publishers of some of the world’s leading news outlets will discuss with participants their visions for the future of quality journalism in a town-hall-style debate.

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Kadaria Ahmed

Executive Director, Daria Media Nigeria Ltd
Kadaria Ahmed is a media entrepreneur and journalist. She is the founder of Daria Media Ltd, a company that is bridging the gap that exists in Nigeria for journalism that is primarily driven by public good. She started her career at the BBC, where she was a senior producer working on award-winning programmes such as... Read More →

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John Daniszewski

Vice President, Standards, Editor at Large, The Associated Press
John Daniszewski became AP’s vice president for standards and editor at large in July 2016 after more than 10 years as AP’s international editor. Before that, he had spent 20 years as a foreign correspondent for the AP and The Los Angeles Times, covering many of the major international news stories of the time, including the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the upheavals in the Middle East and the wars in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Iraq and Afghanistan. In his current post, Daniszewski is involved on a daily basis with issues of standards and ethics for the AP, including questions of security for news gatherers, use of social media, fact-checking and the challenges of preserving accurate, provable and objective journalism in a time of great political polarization. He is also a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board and vice president of the Overseas Press Club Foundation.*John Daniszewski is... Read More →
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Mostefa Souag

Acting Director General, Al-Jazeera Media Network
Dr. Mostefa Souag is acting director general of Al Jazeera Media Network. Prior to this he held various positions within the network, including as managing director of Al Jazeera Arabic, director of news, and advisor to His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer Al-Thani, chairman of the board for Al Jazeera Media Network. He also served as director of the Al Jazeera Center for Studies and was also based in London as a bureau chief. Before joining Al Jazeera Media Network he worked at the BBC World Service and MBC. Dr. Souag has a doctorate in literacy studies. He was professor of literary theory at the University of Algiers (Algeria) until 1993, when he left to work in journalism/media. He is fluent in Arabic, French and English.*Mostefa Souag is... Read More →



Opening of the Africa Media Forum (AMF)
As Africa rises in global political, strategic and economic importance, it needs strong, independent, and critical journalism more than ever. The Africa Media Forum is a unique opportunity to highlight a continent’s many changes and debate the media’s ability to document and analyse them. Hear from top African journalists, editors and analysts on the many challenges of the present media and sociopolitical environment and the uncertainties and innovations of the future.

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Abubakar Bukola Saraki

President, Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki is president of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He is currently serving a second term as senator representing Kwara Central in the National Assembly of Nigeria. Before his election to the Nigerian Senate in 2011, he had previously been twice elected as the governor of Kwara State in north-central Nigeria for a period of eight years. He also served as the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, special assistant on budget to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology. More information at... Read More →


AMF I: Political Transitions and Democratic Change in Africa: New Spaces for Media Freedom
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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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 →



AMF II: Africa’s Looking to the Future. So Is Its Journalism.
African entrepreneurship is driving media innovation across the continent in response to technological, social and political change. Learn from media leaders about success stories and new models for the African journalism of the future.

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Salim Amin

Chairman, Camerapix
Camerapix, launched from a small shop in Dar es Salaam in 1963 by Amin’s late father, the renowned photojournalist Mohamed “Mo” Amin, has grown into a modern media company with headquarters in Nairobi. Camerapix offers its clients a wide array of media services, including t... Read More →
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John Momoh

Chairman/CEO, Channels Media Group
John Momoh is the chairman of the Channels Media Group and chairman and CEO of Channels Television. He is a renowned broadcast journalist with a vast experience spanning almost four decades before founding Channels, John worked variously as a news anchor, senior reporter and senior producer for broadcasters National Radio and Nigerian Television Authority. In 23 years, he has gone from being a star employee to creating a multi-million-dollar media enterprise, employing over 450 staff across Nigeria and Africa, and reaching the world with the same business model that analysts predicted would fail. His vision, passion and tenacity are balanced by a willingness to re-invent and pivot where necessary.*John Momoh is... Read More →


AMF III: Open Dialogue - Understanding Terrorism and Conflicts in Africa
Multiple security challenges on the African continent, from terrorism to violent extremism to organized crime, continue to threaten peace and displace citizens. What lies at the root of these conflicts, and how can journalists improve their coverage of them?

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Hamza Idris

Politics Editor, Daily Trust Newspapers
Hamza Idris is the group politics editor at Daily Trust Newspaper in Nigeria. He was worked for Daily Trust in various capacities since 2005, including as reporter, correspondent, acting bureau chief and bureau chief, serving both in Nigeria’s volatile northeast and in Abuja. H... Read More →


AMF IV: Fighting the Good Fight - African Media Face the Might of State Censorship
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 →


AMF V: Watchdog in Need - Why Africa’s Journalists Struggle to Make a Living, and What We Can Do About It.
Too often, low wages, poor labour conditions and inadequate safety measures challenge the ability of Africa’s newsrooms to exercise their watchdog role. What steps must be taken to improve working conditions in the name of quality reporting – and where does responsibility lie?

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Funke Egbemode

President, Nigerian Guild of Editors
Funke Egbemode is managing director and editor-in-chief of Daily Telegraph Publishing Ltd, which publishes the New Telegraph Newspapers, and president of the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE). Born in Osun State, she holds a bachelor’s degree from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile... Read More →


Gala Dinner & Award Ceremony
Presentation of the IPI Press Freedom Hero & Free Media Pioneer Awards
Hosted by the Nigerian Ministry of Information and Culture

Friday June 22, 2018 20:00 - 22:00
Saturday, June 23



“There Are Crooks Everywhere You Look. The Situation Is Desperate*”
Homage to journalists all over the world who paid the ultimate price for covering corruption
*excerpt from Daphne Caruana Galizia's last blogpost

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Matthew Caruana Galizia

Journalist, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
Matthew Caruana Galizia is a journalist and software engineer and a founding member of ICIJ's Data & Research Unit. The Unit's work on the Panama Papers led to ICIJ winning the Pulitzer prize for explanatory reporting in 2017.He holds a joint postgraduate degree in journalism fro... Read More →


When Lone Wolves Join Forces: Collaborative Investigative Reporting on Corruption, Financial Crimes and Abuse of Power
Lessons from collaborative journalism projects

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Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Reporter, Tiger Eye Foundation
Anas Aremeyaw Anas is an undercover journalist, attorney and private detective working in Ghana and across the African continent. In disguise, he finds his way into asylums, brothels, prisons, orphanages and villages, where he methodically gathers evidence for hard-hitting storie... Read More →
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Dapo Olorunyomi

Publisher, Premium Times
Dapo Oyekunle Olorunyomi is publisher of Premium Times Limited, a news multimedia platform based in Abuja, Nigeria. Previously he served as policy director and chief of staff at Nigeria’s foremost anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), where he designed and pioneered the agency’s crime prevention and education policy. Olorunyomi has broad media experience, having served as editor at Radio Nigeria, The News, and African Guardian magazines, and most recently at... Read More →



Under Press(ure): Covering Natural Resources and The Extractive Sector
Oil, gas and mining as leading sources of wealth, corruption and conflict

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Oludotun Babayemi

Co-Founder, Connected Development (CODE)
Oludotun Babayemi is co-founder of Connected Development (CODE), an Abuja-based organization that uses online and offline tools to promote accountability and transparency in Nigeria. Through CODE’s Follow the Money project, Babayemi and his team advocate for and track the disbu... Read More →
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Umaru Fofana

BBC Correspondent, FreeMedia Group CEO
Umaru Fofana has been a journalist for over 20 years and has reported from Asia, the United States and several countries in Africa. He is based in his native Sierra Leone where he works as a freelance journalist mainly for the BBC and Reuters. He co-owns the FreeMedia Group, which operates a newspaper called Politico... Read More →


What’s Next for Journalism?
Keynote speech followed by Q&A session






Contending with Fake News and Propaganda
Newsroom strategies to build trust in fact-based journalism

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Virginia Pérez Alonso

Co 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 Minutos, where she led the digital transformation of the group in the area of publishing. Her integration of the newsrooms has become a successful example to follow in the sector. She also worked at other media, such as La Voz de Galicia, EFE, Radiovoz and Cinco Días. She received the iRedes Prize in 2012 “for her understanding of the cultural transformation required in newsrooms”. Pérez Alonso has also chaired the Platform for the Defence of Freedom of Information (PDLI) since 2014, which is the leading voice in Spain on the rights of freedom of expression and information. She also frequently speaks at conferences, colloquiums and seminars on journalism, transformation of newsrooms, freedom of expression and information.*Virginia Pérez Alonso is... Read More →
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David Jordan

Director, Editorial Policy, BBC
David Jordan became the BBC’s Director of Editorial Policy & Standards in October 2007. Prior to that, he had been Controller of Editorial Policy since December 2005 and the BBC’s Chief Adviser, Politics for the two previous years. He began his career in television journalism on London Weekend Television’s “Weekend World” in 1984. He joined the BBC in 1988 to help set up its flagship political programme “On The Record” and became its deputy editor in 1989. He was named deputy editor of the current affairs flagship “Panorama” in 1990, before returning to “On The Record” as editor in 1992. He remained its editor until 2003, interrupted only by a period as the BBC’s chief political adviser. Jordan also founded “The Westminster Hour” on Radio Four and was executive editor of Radio Four’s “The Week in Westminster” and the BBC World Service’s “People and Politics”.*David Jordan is... Read More →



Closing Reception
Saturday June 23, 2018 20:00 - 22:00
Sunday, June 24


Media Tour
Guided tour to Abuja-based media houses