The International Press Institute (IPI) and International Media Support (IMS) have shortlisted 10 organizations across five continents for this year’s IPI-IMS Free Media Pioneer Award, saying they “are blazing trails in defence of the public’s right to independent news.”
According to an announcement issued by the two international organizations on April 21, 2023, one of the 10 organizations will be selected as this year’s Free Media Pioneer award recipient and will be formally presented with the award along with the IPI-IMS World Press Freedom Hero Award at a special ceremony to be held during the 2023 IPI World Congress in Vienna, Austria, on May 25.
The IPI-IMS Free Media Pioneer award is presented to “organizations meeting the demands of the moment through innovative models of journalism, media, or press freedom defence” as they are opening up new ways of thinking about the free flow of information to strengthen independent journalism and meet the needs of their communities.
The IPI originally established the Free Media Pioneer Award in 1996 but it is now given annually in partnership with IMS.
IPI and IMS said they are announcing a global shortlist for the Free Media Pioneer award for the first time to underscore the scope and diversity of media organizations that are transforming news access and quality, especially in restricted or repressive environments.
The shortlisted organizations are: Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, Jordan; Article 14, India; El Surtidor, Paraguay; Kloop, Kyrgyzstan; Khabar Lahariya, India; Myanmar Now, Myanmar; Project Multatuli, Indonesia; Netgazeti-Batumelebi, Georgia; Somali Journalists Syndicate (SJS), Somalia; and Zerkalo, Belarus.
Last year’s Free Media Pioneer award was presented to seven Ukrainian media outlets: ABO, Hromadske, Slidstvo.info, StopFake, The Kyiv Independent, Ukraїner, and Ukrainska Pravda.