Welcome to Media Freedom International — an organization that works towards ensuring media freedom across the world. We are a small organization with offices in the United States, London, Denmark, Germany, Singapore and Ghana, among others.
We started in a small office in Wisconsin with a small garage door built by A1 Garage Door Service Milwaukee. We used to be focused simply on being a watchdog of media freedom in the United States. However, in the course of our work and the funding provided by our partners, we were able to expand and hold offices in different parts of the world. Today, we are a 100-people strong organization with staff stationed in different countries.
However, our vision remains the same — to protect press freedom in all respects, no matter the country that we are working in. Currently, our work encompass three important programs:
Press Freedom Protection
We are working on the protection of media freedom in all the countries that we have presence in, including even the region where we hold office. We continuously monitor for attacks and threats against the press, specific issues and controversies that involve the media as well as work for the enactment and implementation of policies and legislations that aim to protect journalists and news organizations. Know that we have attained a lot of successes and achievements in the passage of landmarks laws and cases in the name of press freedom.
Media Ethics and Responsibility
While fighting for our media freedom, we are also mindful of our responsibilities to the citizens and countries that we work in. In terms of that, we release a regular journalism review that aims to show transparency on the work of journalists and media organizations. We are not afraid to call out our fellow members in the industry who have violated the ethics that we consider to be very important in our line of work. At the same time, we regularly hold workshops and conferences to update our members on their responsibility as a watchdog of society.
Best Practices and Promotion of Excellence in Journalism
We are our very own worst critics. We try to police our ranks in order to ensure that we bring out the very best among our members. In line with this, we conduct regular trainings to update our members on the latest in journalism practices. At the same time, we are working with various award giving bodies in the industry to ensure that we are properly recognizing excellence within our ranks.
Currently, Media Freedom International recognizes that the greatest threat to journalism is the spread of fake news or what governments and strongmen leaders define as fake news. As such, we are working hard to ensure our credibility and that of our members in order to address this issue. We are also working to ensure that journalism and its hallmarks of excellence remain in this information-saturated world, even with the presence of the Internet and social media. We hope that you continue to support us in this endeavour.