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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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Thursday, June 21
 

09:00

IPI Executive Board Meeting
For IPI Executive Board Members only

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

09:00

09:00

19:00

 
Friday, June 22
 

09:00

10:00

Opening Ceremony
Keynote speech by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, followed by Q&A

Friday June 22, 2018 10:00 - 11:00
TBC

11:00

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.

Friday June 22, 2018 11:00 - 12:30
TBC

12:30

13:30

Africa Media Forum
Amid rapidly growing economies, turbulent political transitions and an increasingly tech-savvy population, Africa is experiencing major changes. In a series of lectures, panel discussions and workshops, the Africa Media Forum will bring together top African editors and journalists, political leaders and high-profile analysts, as well as representatives of international organisations, to engage in expert conversations about the continent’s major political and economic developments and the media's role in them.
Topics to be covered at the Forum include:
• Political transitions and democratic change
• Migration
• Terrorism and security
• Technological development

20:00

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
TBC
 
Saturday, June 23
 

08:30

09:30

“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

10:00

11:00

11:30

11:30

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

12:30

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

13:00

14:00

14:00

15:00

16:00

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

17:00

20:00

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

09:00

Media Tour
Guided tour to Abuja-based media houses

 

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