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The IFEX network of organisations is connected by a shared commitment to defend and promote freedom of expression as a fundamental human right.

We are a network: Our members bring their individual strengths to free expression issues and are able to collaborate in the common goal of defending and promoting free expression.

We are global – and local: No other organisation brings together such a range of international and local free expression groups, enhancing international understanding of the issues and creating opportunities for advocacy work.

We defend and promote everyone’s right to free expression: IFEX advocates for the free expression rights of all, including media workers, citizen journalists, activists, artists, scholars.

Our Work

1 Drawing the world’s attention to stories and events that affect free expression through our website, online publications and special reports. See how on our homepage.

2 Acting together through IFEX advocacy coalitions, working groups, joint statements, petitions and more to bring about change. See how on our Take Action! page.

3 Strengthening free expression advocacy groups through conferences, workshops, resource materials and more. See how in Our Network and Campaign Toolkit sections.

Our impact

The IFEX network has saved lives, pressured governments to abandon oppressive laws, and provided support and connections so that isolated individuals and groups can join and advocate for free expression.

Our Network

IFEX members work at the local, national, regional and international level, spanning 60 countries, with more than two thirds based in the Global South, and each with their areas of expertise.

Our Annual Highlights

Each year, through collaboration and innovation, IFEX finds creative ways to raise awareness of free expression issues, strengthen the power of our network, and bring about real change through targeted campaigns and advocacy work. We’ve posted some highlights here.

Our Team

The IFEX Council is made up of 13 representatives of our network member groups. The Council acts as the oversight body for IFEX.

Our History

IFEX was created in 1992 in Montréal, Canada, when a dozen leading free expression organisations came together to create a coordinated mechanism to rapidly expose free expression violations around the world. Today, IFEX numbers more than 80 independent organisations in 60 countries and is internationally recognised for its effectiveness and credibility.

Contact Us

Media inquiries:
media ( @ ) ifex ( . ) org

Campaigns and advocacy contact:
campaigns ( @ ) ifex ( . ) org

General inquiries:
Click here to contact us

Our Funders

Ford Foundation Fritt Ord Open Society Foundations Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency Oxfam Novib Sigrid Rausing Trust

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