Attending this event?
Join us in Geneva from 4 - 5 June to discuss successful strategies to strengthen the relationship between news organisations and their audiences in defence of QUALITY JOURNALISM AS A PUBLIC GOOD. We will examine best practices for engaging with readers, viewers and other stakeholders to ensure that the media’s role in guarding the public interest remains undiminished.
Learn more about our work at www.ipi.media.
IPI World Congress 2019 is organized in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). 

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Tuesday, June 4


IPI Executive Board Meeting
for IPI Board members only

Tuesday June 4, 2019 9:00am - 3:30pm
EBU Meeting Room L'Ancienne-Route 17A, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland


Pick up your UN pass! Pre-registration required
Pre-registration required: All guests must register online via Indico e-registration system at https://reg.unog.ch/event/28680/

EntranceUN passes can be collected at the UNOG Pregny Gate (Pass and Identification Unit, UNOG Security and Safety Section, Pregny Gate 8 - 14 avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneva 10). We strongly advise to be at  the gate at the latest one hour before the programme starts.  Please note that you can’t enter through the Nations Gate and need to pass through the security controls at the Pregny gate. See  map.

Bring your ID: In order to collect you UNOG pass, please bring your passport or any other photo ID, and a copy of the confirmation of your Indico registration (your “e-ticket”).

No luggage:  You may bring only small-sized luggage (e.g. computer bags, rucksacks and handbags) into the Palais des Nations. Should you have large luggage, this needs to be stored at your hotel or elsewhere.

Tuesday June 4, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
U.N. Geneva Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland


Opening Ceremony
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Noel Curran

Director General, European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
Noel took up the role of Director General of the EBU in September 2017.Noel is the former DG, Managing Director of Television and Editor of Current Affairs of RTÉ, Ireland's national television and radio broadcaster. As Director General he successfully led RTÉ during one of of the... Read More →
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Michael Møller

Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva
Mr. Møller has over 35 years of experience as an international civil servant in the United Nations.He began his career in 1979 with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and worked with UNHCR in different capacities in New York, Iran, Mexico, Haiti and Geneva... Read More →
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Markus Spillmann

CEO, SPILLMANN Media Strategy Management
Markus Spillmann was editor-in-chief of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) and a member of the management board of the NZZ Media Group from 2006-14. His appointment followed over a decade of service with the Swiss daily newspaper. From 1995-2001, he worked for the paper’s foreign news... Read More →

Tuesday June 4, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
U.N. Geneva Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland


Town Hall Meeting: Stronger Together – How the Press and the Public Can Defend Independent Media
Top editors, publishers and journalists from leading global news outlets debate their visions of journalism in an interactive town hall meeting.

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Maria Ressa

CEO & Executive Editor, Rappler
The CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler.com, Maria is one of the founders of the 6-year-old company, that is one of the leading online news organizations in the Philippines.Maria has been honored around the world for her courageous and bold work in fighting disinformation, “fa... Read More →
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Raj Kamal Jha

Chief Editor, Indian Express Limited
Raj Kamal Jha is Chief Editor of The Indian Express where he has worked since 1996. The newspaper and its journalists have won the International Press Institute's India Award for Excellence in Journalism four times. As part of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists... Read More →

Tuesday June 4, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm
U.N. Geneva Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland


Celebrating Courage and Excellence in Journalism
Keynote remarks on the state of press freedom worldwide with a mention of examples of extraordinary courage and resilience in fighting for press freedom and the free flow of news.

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Barbara Trionfi

Executive Director, International Press Institute (IPI)
Barbara Trionfi is Executive Director at the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists dedicated to safeguarding and fostering media freedom and promoting quality, independent journalism. Her field of expertise... Read More →
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Jesper Højberg

Executive Director, International Media Support
Jesper Højberg is the Executive Director of International Media Support, an international, Denmark-based organisation that works with media in countries affected by armed conflict, human insecurity and political transition. In 2001, Jesper Højberg set up IMS in the wake of the Rwanda... Read More →

Tuesday June 4, 2019 5:30pm - 6:00pm
U.N. Geneva Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland


Welcome Reception
Networking reception for all participants, hosted by SRG SSR.

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Gilles Marchand

Director General, SRG SSR
Gilles Marchand was named Director General of SRG SSR in November 2016. He took up his role as head of the Corporation on 1 October 2017. Prior to that he was Director of TSR (Télévision Suisse Romande), which became RTS (Radiotélévision Suisse) in 2010 following the merger of... Read More →

Tuesday June 4, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
U.N. Geneva Palais des Nations, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Wednesday, June 5


Pick up your IPIWoCo badge! Pre-registration required
Limited Capacity seats available

You can register here.

All registration fees for the IPI World Congress will go to the IPI Press Freedom Fund. This allows us to react swiftly to media freedom violations around the world. Our recent work includes our campaigns to free jailed journalists in Turkey and Egypt and press freedom missions to Slovakia, Malta, Turkey and Spain. Your support enables us to continue our work around the world. Thank you!

Wednesday June 5, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am
EBU Lobby


Welcome Remarks
Wednesday June 5, 2019 9:00am - 9:15am
EBU Main Conference Room L'Ancienne-Route 17A, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland


Stopping Hacks, Data Abuse and Disinformation in Europe: What Works – and Who’s Responsible
Limited Capacity seats available

What have the European authorities and Internet companies done to clamp down on disinformation, intransparent advertising and the misuse of personal data? (And has it worked?) How did the recent EU parliamentary elections measure up in terms of electoral integrity? Were independent media successful in properly informing citizens amid the digital arms race?

Wednesday June 5, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am
EBU Main Conference Room L'Ancienne-Route 17A, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland


Joining Forces: When Large and Small Media Work to Break Stories Together
Limited Capacity seats available

A look at how large media companies with funds, reach and developed infrastructure can team up with small, agile investigative teams to work together to break stories that bring change.

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Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Reporter, Tiger Eye Foundation
Anas Aremeyaw Anas is an undercover journalist working in Ghana and across the African continent. In disguise, he finds his way into asylums, brothels, prisons, orphanages and villages, where he methodically gathers evidence for hard-hitting stories – then presents the evidence... Read More →
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Jesper Nymark

Executive Director, Danwatch
Jesper Nymark is the executive director & editor for the Danish investigative media and research-centre Danwatch that over the last ten years has produced award-winning in-depth journalism on global issues.Danwatch’ journalistic focus ranges from corruption, tax-heavens, investments and shipping, to ITC-, textile and food-production as well as the agro-industry, especially regarding comp... Read More →

Wednesday June 5, 2019 10:15am - 10:30am
EBU Main Conference Room L'Ancienne-Route 17A, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland


A Reality Check from Your Audience
Limited Capacity seats available

Connecting with audiences can help journalists get stories right. Hear how news outlets can start the necessary conversations and partnerships with their communities in order to gain valuable feedback and build audience trust and loyalty.


Nathalie Ducommun

Deputy Chief-editor, RTS - Swiss Radio and Television

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Susanne Wille

Political Anchor, Swiss Television (SRF)
Susanne Wille is political anchor with Swiss Television, SRF. She is the host of the daily news program “10vor10” and covers elections in Switzerland and abroad. She also has strategic responsibilities concerning the digital shift with SRF. Susanne Wille is the manager of the... Read More →
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Petra Stuiber

Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Der Standard
Petra Stuiber has been Deputy Editor-in-Chief of DER STANDARD since May 2018. She studied communications and theatre and began her journalistic career at DER STANDARD. In 1999 she moved to the weekly business magazine FORMAT where she served as editor of domestic politics. From 2001-2007 she was the Austria correspondent for DIE WELT and Basl... Read More →
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Caroline Bannock

Editor, Community & UGC Guardian News & Media, The Guardian
Caroline Bannock is The Guardian’s editor for community, overseeing participatory journalism with readers. Prior this she launched GuardianWitness, the Guardian’s award-winning open journalism platform, where readers from around the world submit videos, images and stories directly to Guardian journalists. Caroline... Read More →

Wednesday June 5, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
EBU Main Conference Room L'Ancienne-Route 17A, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland


Populism Reawakened: What Does it Mean for Quality Journalism?
Limited Capacity seats available

Amid a global rise in populist governments and movements, how can mainstream media navigate the perceived gulf between “ordinary people” and the “elite”? How should journalists respond to populist rhetoric branding the press as traitors and enemies of the people? Can quality media reclaim the term “populism” by serving the public interest?

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Anita Pratap

Contributing Editor, The Week
Anita Pratap is an award-winning international journalist, author and documentary filmmaker, having worked in Asia, Middle East, Europe and the United States. She is Contributing Editor for India's largest selling English newsmagazine "The Week". She is CNN’s former  South Asia... Read More →

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Caelainn Barr

Data Projects Editor, The Guardian
Caelainn Barr is the data projects editor at the Guardian. When working for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, she used data analysis to uncover the misuse of expenses by the European Commission and human rights abuses in Ethiopia. She has also worked at the Wall Street Journal... Read More →

Wednesday June 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
EBU Main Conference Room L'Ancienne-Route 17A, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland


IPI General Assembly
for  IPI Members only

Wednesday June 5, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
EBU Workshop Room L'Ancienne-Route 17A, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland


Wednesday June 5, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
EBU Lobby


Trust in Public Service Media in Shifting Times – Ways to Make it Better
Limited Capacity seats available

Amid the crisis of trust in the media, Europe’s public service media are working to buck the trend. Experts and representatives from leading PSMs share how public broadcasters have rebuilt and revamped their credibility with audiences – and how they can still do (much) better.  

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Justyna Kurczabinska

Head of Eurovision News Exchange and News Strategy, EBU
Justyna Kurczabinska is leading the Eurovision News Exchange and News Strategy at the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) - the world’s leading alliance of public service media. The Exchange provides EBU Members with round-the-clock access to live and edited news stories as well as eyewitness media, as they happen, across the globe through the unique network of over 70 Public Service Media newsrooms... Read More →

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Inge Vrancken

Editor-in-Chief, VRT TV News (Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie)
Inge Vrancken is editor in chief of VRT TV News. At VRT NWS she worked on the transformation of the newsroom to a topic based approach, with journalists working for tv, radio and online. VRT NWS focuses on reaching a younger public and makes efforts every day to work more on explaining... Read More →
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Atte Jääskeläinen

Co-author, EBU News Report 2018 “50 Ways to Make it Better”
Atte Jääskeläinen is currently Professor of Practice at LUT University, Finland, and Senior Visiting Fellow at LSE, after spending a year as Visiting Fellow at Reuters Institute at University of Oxford. He co-authored EBU News Report 2018, “50 ways to make it better”.He’s also worked on issues on AI - as a podcast host, book author and adviser for media companies. At LSE he co-directed an international research project on the future of news agencies.Atte has worked for more than 22 years in leading editorial positions in Finnish media, m... Read More →

Wednesday June 5, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
EBU Main Conference Room L'Ancienne-Route 17A, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland


Critical Journalism in Central and Eastern Europe in Critical Condition
Limited Capacity seats available

Media capture is on the rise, but independent media in Central and Eastern Europe are pushing through the growing weeds of market distortion, economic pressure and political illberalism to bring the news to their audiences.

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Eva Hanakova

Managing Director, SingularityU Czech Summit
Editor-in-Chief, Journalist from Prague, Czech Republic.Co-founder of Tablet Media (Czech publishing startup specializing on tablet- and smartphone-only magazines).Ex Editor-in-Chief of Dotyk News Weekly, Ekonom Business Weekly and Head of Business Desk of Hospodářské novena Daily.Singularity... Read More →
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Márton Gergely

Leading Editor, HVG
Márton Gergely is lead editor of Hungary's largest current affairs weekly HVG. Gergely reads History and Journalism in Budapest and Hamburg. He was a contributor of the Hungarian weekly Magyar Narancs, and after an internship became a correspondent for the Berlin daily taz, die tageszeitung... Read More →

Wednesday June 5, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
EBU Main Conference Room L'Ancienne-Route 17A, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland


Surviving Against the Odds - Journalism in Repressive Media Environments
Limited Capacity seats available

In spite of high hurdles, journalists in extremely repressive environments are managing to continue their work. Listen to them tell how they do it.

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Sonny Swe

Co-Founder and CEO, Frontier Myanmar
Sonny served eight years in prison for bypassing censorship regulations at The Myanmar Times. Now he’s three years into building Frontier, Myanmar’s most important media startup.
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Befeqadu Hailu Techane

Executive Deputy Editor, Addis Maleda newspaper
Befeqadu Hailu Techane is an Ethiopian writer, activist, and blogger. He is a member of the Zone 9 Bloggers group that were arrested in 2014 due to their blogging activities after being accused of inciting violence through writing. He has been the editor of various newspapers, and currently he is a Deputy Executive Editor of Addis Maleda, a weekly newspaper, a columnist for Duestche Well... Read More →
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Ruşen Çakır

Chief editor, Medyascope
Based in Istanbul, Ruşen Çakir works as a journalist since 1985. He worked for Nokta (weekly), Tempo (weekly), Cumhuriyet (daily), Milliyet (daily), CNN-Türk (news channel) and NTV (news channel), Vatan (daily), Habertürk (daily). He is one of the leading founders and current... Read More →

Wednesday June 5, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
EBU Main Conference Room L'Ancienne-Route 17A, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex, Switzerland


Visit to the to the permanent exhibition of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum
The permanent exhibition of the museum titled "The Humanitarian Adventure" offers a unique opportunity to enter into the history of humanitarian action, breaking away from traditional museography.  Three separate areas allow you to explore three major challenges in today’s world: Defending Human Dignity , Restoring Family Links , Reducing Natural Risks.

Free entry for IPI World Congress participants!

How to get to the Museum

Wednesday June 5, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Avenue de la Paix 17, 1202 Genève, Switzerland


Award Ceremony & Closing Reception
Presentation of the 2019 awards, in partnership with Copenhagen-based International Media Support (IMS).
This year winners:
Free Media Pioneer 2019 - Egyptian news site Mada Masr 
IPI World Press Freedom Hero 2019 -  to be announced soon (read more about our previous winners)

Dinner is supported by the Al Jazeera Public Liberties and Human Rights Centre.  

Wednesday June 5, 2019 7:00pm - 10:00pm
International Museum of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Avenue de la Paix 17, 1202 Genève, Switzerland
Thursday, June 6


Guided Tour to CERN
Limited Capacity seats available

Free guided tour to the world's largest particle physics lab and home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) - the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)

Maximum number of participants: 15
For registered Congress participants only. No additional fee.
Pre-registration required. To register, please send an email to mmiletic(at)ipi.media
Deadline for registration: Wednesday,  May 29, 2019 

10:00 - 10:15 Arrival at CERN and walk to the SC exhibition

10:15 - 10:35 Introduction to CERN in the SC exhibition

10:35 - 10:45  Transport to ALICE experiment , one of the four main experiments at the LHC

10:45 - 12:15 Visit of the ALICE experiment

12:15 - 12:30 Transport back to CERN reception

How to get to CERN?

What is the  ALICE?

What is the LHC?


Photo: Ordan, Julien / CERN  

Thursday June 6, 2019 10:00am - 12:30pm


Media Tour to Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS)
Limited Capacity seats available

Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS)  
Maximum number of participants: 20
For registered Congress participants only. No additional fee.
Pre-registration required. To register, please send an email to mmiletic(at)ipi.media

Thursday June 6, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm