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"Executive Director's Report: The State of Press Freedom"

Presented by Alison Bethel McKenzie, executive director, International Press Institute


CAPE TOWN, April 13, 2014 - The International Press Institute (IPI) today kicked off its 63rd World Congress in Cape Town with an opening ceremony that featured singing, dancing and drums.

Tim Du Plessis, the executive editor of Media24 Afrikaans News, welcomed the nearly 300 participants to the Congress and Obed Bapela, the deputy minister of the Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation in the Office of the Presidency, delivered the keynote address.

Participants then viewed a special video message from Bishop Desmond Tutu and IPI Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie presented her Executive Director's Report on the State of Press Freedom Worldwide, which appears in full below.

IPI's World Congress runs through Tuesday at The Westin, Cape Town. On-site registration is still open. You can also follow the event on Twitter with the hashtag #IPIWoCo.


PHOTO: International Press Institute (IPI) Executive Director Alison Bethel McKenzie presents her Executive Director's Report on the State of Press Freedom Worldwide at the IPI World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa on April 13, 2014. Photo Milica Miletic/IPI


"Executive Director's Report: The State of Press Freedom" presented by Alison Bethel McKenzie, executive director, International Press Institute - available here.
Sunday, April 13, 2014.

Impressions from the Congress

“I must say the Congress was an eye opener to me in many respects and an unforgettable experience. The experience gained reminded me of Benjamin Franklin's greatest statement of all time: ‘Tell me and I forget; teach me and I may remember; involve me and I learn.’ Indeed, I learned a lot, as the Congress was very much involving,”
- Dikarabo Ramadubu, news editor, Botswana Guardian.