Professional associations and media centres
IMS supports the establishment and strengthening of media and journalists’ associations, unions, and press councils that work to defend the rights of the profession and are essential to the creation of professional environments in which media independence and quality journalism can flourish.
Media and journalists’ associations are an important segment of the media sector. They ensure professional collaboration, articulation of ethical standards and conditions that ought to be in place for media and journalists to work freely. Associations are often engaged in monitoring attacks against media workers and represent the media sector in negotiations with authorities on media legislation.
IMS also supports the establishment of press councils composed of media professionals and other relevant stakeholders, which are independent of political power and based on the notion of self-regulation.
In countries undergoing political transition, IMS works with local and international partner organisations to set up media centres that provide facilities where journalists can meet and work. Some media centres focus predominantly on advocacy for change in media legislation, defense of journalists’ rights, professionalism of the media and the establishment of self-regulatory bodies. Other centres function as training institutes or research facilities and provide a platform for press conferences and media events.