IPI/IMS Call for Nominations for 2024 Press Freedom Awards


The Vienna, Austria-based International Press Institute (IPI) and International Media Support (IMS) in Copenhagen, Denmark, have called for nominations for the 2024 World Press Freedom Hero Award and Free Media Pioneer Award. The awards, which celebrate remarkable courage and groundbreaking approaches to journalism, will be presented during a special ceremony at the IPI’s 2024 World Congress which will take place from May 22 to 24 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

The World Press Freedom Hero Award honours journalists who have demonstrated remarkable dedication to advancing press freedom, even in the face of great personal risks. Last year’s Hero award was given to Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui for her decades of fearless investigative reporting despite targeted efforts to silence her.

The IPI-IMS Free Media Pioneer Award aims to celebrate organizations that have shown exceptional innovation in journalism, media, or press freedom defence. Last year’s recipient, Myanmar Now, was recognized for its courageous reporting on human rights abuses in Myanmar.

Nominations for both awards are open worldwide and interested individuals can submit their nominations by emailing info@ipi.media with the subject line “World Press Freedom Hero nomination” or “Free Media Pioneer nomination” along with a brief description of the nominee.

Individuals are eligible for the World Press Freedom Hero Award, while individuals, teams, news outlets, and media-related organizations can be nominated for the Free Media Pioneer Award.

Nominations must be submitted by March 5, 2024 (23:59 CEST) and will be assessed by a selected global expert jury.