Category Archives: IPI World Congress ’14

MIL experts talking about DCMF’s Junior Reporters initiative

Junior Reporters of the Doha centre for Media Freedom gained the opportunity in the first European Media & Information Literacy Forum, held in UNESCO, Paris, to listen to the MIL experts on the DCMF’s Junior Reporters’ initiative, and whether it should be applied in other countries, through other organisation or not. Here is our exclusive vox-pops!

IPI Congress ’14 Closing ceremony

This is it, IPI World Congress is coming to an end!

We, Zena, Ramy and Osama hope you have enjoyed our coverage of the Congress, enjoyed participating in our interviews and learned a lot from the discussions that took place during those four intensive days!

See you next year in Burma and thank you again for your active collaboration!

Don’t forget to continue following our blog to see our friends’ coverage of upcoming events in Paris, for UNESCO’s international celebration of World Press Freedom Day and in Amman, for the Forum for Freedom Defenders organised by the Committee to Defend Journalists. 

Being a photojournalist today: what is it like?

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The last session of IPI World Congress 2014 was about photojournalists, a group of media workers we often tend to omit when discussing press freedom, safety and media access.

The session was sponsored by the Doha Centre for Media Freedom and moderated by Salim Amin, CEO of Camerapix,
founder of the Mohamed Amin Foundation and Chairman of A24Media.

The session was joined by 3 high-profile journalists from all over the globe including Tamara Abdul Hadi (Iraq/Canada), Mosa’ab Elshamy (Egypt) and Giles Duley (UK).

Tamara Abdul Hadi an Iraqi photojournalist has been in the business for 10 years. She takes photos of post-conflict areas. She said, “The media leaves, [but] the story remains.” Five women among them Abdul Hadi founded a photojournalism website called Rawiya. Rawiya in Arabic means “she who tells a story.”

Mosa’ab Al Shamy an Egyptian photojournalist. He was present the day the attacks took place in Raba’a Square. The police detained his brother Abdulla, a journalist for Al Jazeera who remains behind jail today. Mosa’ab claims, “Covering a Muslim Brotherhood sit-in was the most dangerous situation in my life.”

Egyptian photographers are paying the ultimate price. He explained how he was walking with his camera on his shoulders, when a policeman stopped him to ask what is this you are holding? He answered a camera. He was taken to the station under charges of possession.

Giles Duley, a British freelancer photoreporter and landmine victim, started with saying that no story is worth losing your limbs but it’s the principle to do it. Giles knows what the high price of photojournalism is the day he walked on a landmine while working in Afghanistan. He lost an arm and leg. Without any insurance, he came back home with high medical fees to pay and ended up being homeless with numerous debts.

All three photojournalists believe citizen journalism is essential. Mosa’ab explains how Egypt is the perfect case. There were many areas where journalists couldn’t reach. Citizens took the photos and spread the news.

32 journalists have been killed this year. In addition 11 photo reporters were killed in Egypt 9 were under the age of 25.

Duley believes that every journalist/photojournalist need have medical training before they leave, not for themselves but for the person next to them.

A journalist needs to have insurance. Duley had his medical expenses taken care off but he is still homeless.

Duley ended the session with a strong statement saying,

“I wasn’t injured by Talibans, I was injured by hate and ignorance. The only way I know how to fight this is with my camera.”

You can watch our interview with Giles on

Mandela’s legacy of media freedom

“A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be bold and inquiring without fear or favour. It must enjoy the protection of the constitution, so that it can protect our rights as citizens.”

The quote above is from late South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela. After spending 27 years of his life behind jail, Mandela led South Africa from apartheid to democracy and, through his peaceful advocacy for peace, democracy and human rights, he remains an inspirational figure for all media workers and press freedom fighters. 

In 1994, he delivered a key note address during IPI World Congress in South Africa. 20 years later, let us look back at his reflection on the importance of a free press and the role of journalists not only in South African society but worldwide.

14 February 1994, Cape Town

“Mr. Chairperson, Your Excellency, State President de Klerk, Distinguished Publishers and Editors, Ladies and Gentlemen.

First let me express my profound and heartfelt thanks for this invitation to address this august gathering. Secondly, I want to express our deep appreciation that the International Press Institute has chosen South Africa as the venue for its congress. Your presence in our country at this time lends strength to the overwhelming national consensus that only through the inauguration of democracy can South Africa realise its undoubted potential.

In welcoming you to the shores of our country I wish also to express our collective thanks, as South Africans, for the support our struggle for democracy has received from the international media. During the darkest days of apartheid and political repression, when thousands of South African patriots faced imprisonment, bannings, house arrest, detention without trial,torture and even death, it was the international media, not least its oldest component, the press, that laid bare the atrocious conditions in our country and kept the international community alive to the issue of apartheid.

You also lent your voices to those of thousands of our compatriots demanding freedom of expression. South African writers, artists and journalists, who incurred the wrath of the South African government for daring to use their skills against tyranny, have invariably won your support. The South African media, journalists and publishers alike, will remain in your debt for that sustenance.

You have chosen to visit our country at a time when we are witnessing a process of daunting proportions. South Africa is convulsed with the pangs of a democracy struggling to be born. Those who want to delay this birth assume an awesome responsibility and should be aware of the terrible risks their actions entail. We are confident that your presence will, as in the past, assist in the birth of the democratic new order.

Continue to read the full address on