IFEX network welcomes 12 new organisations at 17th General Meeting in Phnom Penh

IFEX network welcomes 12 new organisations at 17th General Meeting in Phnom Penh

18 June 2013

IFEX is the largest global network of free expression organisations. Following the voting on 17 June at the 2013 IFEX General Meeting in Phnom Penh, 12 new organisations joined this dynamic network.

The world is complex and multifaceted, and the IFEX network reflects that diversity. Our newest members span the globe, representing countries in Central Asia, Central and Southern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and North and South America. Some focus their efforts on defending media freedom, while others address broader free expression issues including academic and artistic freedom. The critical areas of access to information and digital rights are also well-represented. The new members will be able to contribute their experience in legal analysis, policy work and direct advocacy. All in all, the geographic diversity and the expertise they bring will strengthen IFEX's ability to monitor, report on, and advocate on behalf of a broad range of key free expression issues.

The new members have all expressed their keen commitment to engage with, learn from and contribute to the network, and we look forward to working with them as we all, individually and collectively, continue to take on the many challenges to our shared, fundamental right to free expression.

New IFEX members

• Active Watch - Media Monitoring Agency (Romania)
• Afghanistan Journalists Center (Afghanistan)
• Africa Freedom of Information Centre (Uganda)
• Albanian Media Institute (Albania)
• Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression (Egypt) [not pictured]
• CAINFO (Uruguay) [not pictured]
• Centre for Independent Journalism (Hungary)
• Centre for Independent Journalism (Romania)
• Derechos Digitales (Chile)
• Electronic Frontier Foundation (United States)
• Espacio Publico (Venezuela)
• I'lam Media Center for Arab Palestinians in Israel (Israel)

The first task of the new members, on 18 June, was to vote in a new IFEX Council, to act on behalf of IFEX network members, oversee policy, and deal with all strategic and substantial matters facing IFEX. Council members serve on the Council for two-year terms.

New IFEX Council for 2013-2015

Association of Caribbean Media Workers, Trinidad and Tobago
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Canada
Centre for Independent Journalism, Malaysia
Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, Egypt
Foro de Periodismo Argentino, Argentina
Freedom Forum, Nepal
Independent Journalism Center, Moldova
International Federation of Journalists, Belgium
International Press Institute, Austria
Media Foundation for West Africa, Ghana
Media Institute of Southern Africa, Namibia
PEN International (Writers in Prison Committee), United Kingdom

To see learn more about all the IFEX members and the important work they are doing, please visit Our Network on IFEX.org.