This year the IFEX network marks 25 years in the defense of freedom of expression and information. As members from around the globe meet in Montreal for the 2017 IFEX Strategy Conference, it is a year rife with regimes inciting hatred and intolerance, with media and even the concept of truth attacked, devalued and undermined. And, at a time when so many rights are tied to internet access, shut-downs are on the rise. Is this the new normal?
The 2017 IFEX Strategy Conference offers new opportunities to network, share skills and address common challenges to our work.
There was a lot of noise in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, over four days in October when more than 150 free expression defenders took on some of the hard realities facing us in our work.