Investigative journalist, Anas Aremaraw Anas, is one of a number of top international journalists billed to speak at the International Press Institute (IPI)’s 68th World Congress in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Congress, being held in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union will take place in the Swiss city from June 4 to 6, 2019.
The World Congress is IPI’s flagship event and a top international forum for issues concerning media freedom and quality journalism, bringing together more than 300 leading media professionals annually.
This year’s event will feature the award-winning investigative journalist, and other notable media personalities including Maria Resser Rappler, Gavin Allen of the BBC, Caelainn Barr, the data projects editor at The Guardian and Beata Balogova, Editor-in-Chief of Daily SME, among many others.
The Congress is being held under the theme: “Building Alliances for Independent Media” with focus on Trust in Public Broadcasting and how the press and the public can be stronger together.
“I am delighted that IPI’s 2019 World Congress will take place in Switzerland, where IPI was based in its formative early years,” IPI Executive Board Chair Markus Spillmann, a prominent Swiss media expert and former editor-in-chief of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, said.
“The IPI World Congress allows editors, publishers and journalists with a shared dedication to quality journalism to exchange experiences and discuss common challenges in bringing news to the public. As global political trends continue to cast a shadow over our profession, the opportunity for journalists with common values to unite is more valuable than ever.”
EBU’s Director-General, Noel Curran added that it is critical for journalists to meet and “reflect on our place in the world and learn from each other’s experiences”
“The IPI World Congress is a chance for all media – both public service and commercial – to come together to seek common ground and reinforce the important role of high-quality, independent journalism and we are delighted to support it,” he added.
Established in 1950, in the aftermath of the Second World War by 34 editors from 15 countries, IPI was founded on the belief that a free press will contribute to a better world. Today, with members in nearly 100 countries, IPI brings together media representatives from digital, print and broadcast outlets to address press freedom challenges and to promote independent journalism as a core pillar of democracy.
Last year’s Congress was held in Abuja, Nigeria.