Press Freedom


Many countries lack not just a right to freedom of the press, but any semblance of the rule of law. Governments and other powerbrokers see the press as a threat and often target journalists with violence, intimidation and imprisonment to silence them. Yet, more often than not, we get the truth about what is happening in the world from journalists who are willing to put themselves at risk in order to report the truth. The IWMF recognizes the critical role women journalists play in supporting press freedom around the world by supporting those who are targeted for their work, offering them the international recognition and support in times of emergency. At the core of the IWMF’s mission is the belief that press are not truly free unless women have an equal voice.


“We go to remote war zones to report what is happening. The public have a right to know what our government, and our armed forces, are doing in our name. Our mission is to speak the truth to power. We send home that first rough draft of history. We can and do make a difference in exposing the horrors of war and especially the atrocities that befall civilians.”

– Marie Colvin, UK – Courage in Journalism Award 2000
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    World Press Freedom Index 2015

    Top of the list, as so often, are three Scandinavian countries: Finland, Norway, and Denmark. At the other end of the scale, Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea, in last place, were the worst performers. The United States is ranked 49th (down three places), Russia 152 (down four places), Iran 173rd (unchanged) and China 176th (down one place).

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  • Nominate a JournalistThe Courage in Journalism Awards honor women journalists who set themselves apart by their extraordinary bravery. Facing and surviving danger to uncover the truth, they raise the bar for reporting under duress. We also recognize the pioneers who kicked down barriers to make it possible for women all over the world to find their voices …

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  • pg-icon-justice IWMF Condemns Killing of Colombian JournalistOctober 2, 2015 — The IWMF decries the recent killing of Nimia Peña Pedroza, a 28 year-old woman journalist from Valledupar, Colombia. The killing of Ms. Pedroza marks the fourth journalist killing this year in the country this year alone, possibly signaling a deadly and targeted trend against press freedom. The IWMF hopes that the …

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  • pg-icon-justice Calling For Swift Investigation In Journalist’s DeathIWMF Calls For Swift Investigation In Killing of Flor Alba Núñez Vargas in Colombia | September 14, 2015 – The IWMF calls on the Colombian authorities to thoroughly investigate the violent death of journalist Flor Alba Núñez Vargas and bring the perpetrators to justice. According to news reports, Núñez, a radio and TV reporter, was …

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  • KhadijaIsmayilova-thn IWMF calls for release of detained Azerbaijani journalist Khadija IsmayilovaUpdate – September 1, 2015 According to news reports, Ismayilova was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison today. August 20, 2015 – The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is deeply concerned about the trial of 2012 Courage in Journalism Award Winner, Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova, in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku. After a month-long trial where journalists …

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  • KhadijaIsmayilova-thn Courage Awardee Khadija Ismayilova Remains Detained in AzerbaijanUpdate – Aug 20, 2015 According to Radio Free Europe Radio Library, the trial of Khadija Ismayilova was closed on August 20 in Baku. Azerbaijan prosecutors asked the court for an extra day to present their sentencing request. The trial started on July 24, and journalists and independent observers were not allowed to enter the …

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  • Hacked-thn IWMF Website HackedSeptember 12, 2014 — The IWMF website suffered a complex brute-force attack last Friday, September 5, 2014. The website that features the work of the IWMF and promotes the empowerment of women journalists worldwide, was defaced and most of its original content destroyed. Using password-cracking software, a hacker operating from Turkey attacked, a WordPress-based …

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  • Saeed_thumbnail Nazeeha Saeed – Raising her voice for journalists in BahrainJuly 8, 2014 — When Bahrani reporter Nazeeha Saeed went to cover an anti-government protest May 22, 2011, in the capital city Manama, she anticipated seeing a resurgence in public resistance after military forces had shut down demonstrations two months earlier. Saeed did not expect to be summoned to a police station where she would …

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