There is a veritable tsunami of information out there, and it just keeps growing. We asked ourselves how IFEX could help people cut through the noise to what matters: how we could better inform, engage and empower them to take action. We set out to create a site that was the best possible resource for journalists, policy-makers, activists, and academics – as well as for those just beginning to ask themselves why free expression matters. The new IFEX.org is a smart hub of free expression information, bringing together the most relevant free expression stories and resources from a global network of organisations. It highlights what's important, and why.
The new site, available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic, launches on 6 February.
What's new about the website?
It's more attractive.
The new look is crisp and clean, designed with you, the reader, in mind. More photos and other multimedia content provide new and engaging ways to convey the key free expression issues of our time.
You may have noticed that the new design seems wider than usual, and when you shrink your browser, the content resizes to fit. We have tried to make a website that works equally well on every device, whether you are using a PC, tablet or mobile phone. Today, almost 15 percent of IFEX's traffic is mobile, and we expect that trend to continue.
It's easy to find what you're looking for.
You want to find information quickly and easily. The new design is far more intuitive, allowing you to search by country, by region, and, for the first time ever, by free expression issue.
It gives you the big picture.
You want the facts first, but you may want to dig deeper, to undercover the wider context behind the story – without getting lost in a labyrinth. Now, on the same page as the story you are reading, you'll find:
- At-a-glance information about the country or region the story is reporting on, including the most-covered free expression topics there.
- Reports on the overarching free expression issue the story relates to – whether that is access to information, censorship, digital rights, freedom of assembly, freedom of expression and the law, or impunity.
It shows you how stories developed.
A story does not exist in isolation. It is part of a chain of events – events that influenced it and, in turn, events it will go on to influence. When we have a case history of related articles leading up to the one you are reading, you'll see it, directly below the story.
It can help you make a difference.
Our new Take Action! page tells you about the most pressing actions, putting them front and centre, and how you can participate. We can now host petitions and other actions directly on our site.
It connects you to the IFEX network.
IFEX is much more than an information hub. We are more than 80 organisations around the world that actively defend and promote free expression. Find out on the Our Network page which members are working in your country, their areas of expertise, and how to contact them.
It tells you more about IFEX.
The new What We Do section tells you who we are, what we do, why we do what we do, and how you can contact us.
It's easier to share what you've found on IFEX.org with your own networks.
And we hope you do! Look for the yellow box on every page, making it easier than ever for you to tweet, share on Facebook, email and more.
IFEX.org says who we are, what matters to us, and what we believe should matter to you. Pay us a visit, soon. We think you'll come back.