A new journalistic organization was founded in the Czech Republic: Czech National Committee of the International Press Institute (CZ IPI)
A national branch of the International Press Institute was founded in the Czech Republic, a global organization primarily associating media executives and senior editors.
The main objectives of the Czech National Committee of the International Press Institute include protection of the freedom of speech, protection of journalists to perform of their work freely and the support freelance media.
The fouders of the CZ IPI are journalists Veronika Sedláčková, Robert Břešťan, Robert Čásenský, Michal Klíma and Nadační fond nezávislé žurnalistiky, which is a collective member. Michal Klíma was elected the first chairman.
„It is important that we operate as a representative organisation, which has its authority based on domestic media personalities as well as international prestige. We want to defend freedom of the press and we will comment on the situation, when this freedom is restricted or violated,“ explains Klíma.
The members of CZ IPI can only be persons, which have never participated on the suppression of freedom of speech, distortion of information by cumulation of political, media, and economic power, or which impede the free expression of opinions.
The International Press Institute is a global network of editors, journalists, and media representatives from over a hundred countries, who share the common commitment to quality and independent journalism.
It was founded in 1950 and has always advocated the defense of freedom of speech and defended persecuted journalists. After the collapse of the Soviet bloc the IPI helped to reestablish free and professional journalism in the countries of the Central and Eastern Europe.
The formation of the Czech National Committee of the International Press Institute was approved by the Managing Board of the International Press Institute on 2nd November 2018.
Prague, 12th February 2019
Chairman of the Czech National Committee of the International Press Institute
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