Our Impact

The IFEX network is able to mobilise for timely, strategic responses in cases when individual journalists, media organisations or human rights activists are threatened or attacked, or when legislation that could have an impact on freedom of expression is at a critical turning point. Our tactics include calls for action, preparing joint statements, missions, lobbying, and trial observation. In 2012, IFEX intervened effectively to help stop threats against anti-corruption reporter Khadija Ismayilova in Azerbaijan, to free independent editor Igor Vinyavsky from jail in Kazakhstan, to get charges dropped against two Gambian journalists, and to support the campaign to stop an amendment to the Evidence Act in Malaysia.

Knowing about the support of those lobbying for my release is making my spirit high - no matter how much they keep me inside.
- Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights

IFEX also responds rapidly to situations where member organisations are themselves under threat. For example, when IFEX member Bahrain Center for Human Rights was directly targeted in 2012, the IFEX network rallied to its defence by coordinating a joint action with more than 100 organisational signatories, and by playing a key mobilising role. BCHR President Nabeel Rajab recently acknowledged our work: “Thank you for all your support and good work in covering my case. I'm sure one day I will be out of prison thanks to IFEX and other groups. Knowing about the support of those lobbying for my release is making my spirit high – no matter how much they keep me inside. You don't know how much those statements mean. It sounds easy to sign a statement, but it's very important and influential.”

In a recent survey of IFEX member organisations:

  • 61 percent reported that the network helped them protect individuals or groups who were under threat.
    “By internationalising the situation of individuals under attack or threat, we were able to bring pressure to bear on the relevant authorities in Nigeria to protect them.”
    Media Rights Agenda, Nigeria

  • 75 percent said their visibility had improved as a result of their participation in the IFEX network.
    “[IFEX news] is an important tool that we use to show our members, the correspondents who investigate and monitor cases, and the victims themselves, the impact that a story has had well beyond Argentina’s borders. Many thanks, and keep up the good work!”
    Foro de Periodismo Argentino (Argentine Journalism Forum)

  • 84 percent said IFEX helped them to build awareness and engagement for specific free expression cases and issues.
    “Having our alerts distributed through the IFEX network means that the journalists in question escape anonymity; their cases are followed up and they are protected by the exposure the cases receive. Conditions of imprisoned journalists have improved compared to those of other prisoners.”
    Journaliste en danger, Democratic Republic of Congo

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