• Established by journalists and opinion-formers to facilitate rights of access for journalists, we deal with problems faced by journalists ranging from imprisonment at one extreme to censorship at the other.

  • The ICF also deals with issues in relation to xenophobia and disinformation, and has at its heart a concern for Media Ethics. It compiles and publishes a Media Ethics Code.

  • The ICF council grants annual international media awards for best practice. They include the Peace Through Media awards for seasoned journalists who have made a seminal contribution to bettering understanding.

  • Convenes conferences on issues such as that of the relationship between government and the media. We also take press delegations to areas of conflict that are less accessible such as Syria, Iraq and Gaza.



Just Governance Caux conference - Media Ethics

12-17 July 2014

  • The Media's role in Syria: Lessons from the civil war in Syria.
  • Governments and Press Freedom: Led by William Morris, Chair of the International Communications Forum.
  • Media Fact and Fiction: Can the modern journalist claim to have 'Absolute Honesty' as his or her key principle and what constraints does that engender?
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Reflections on becoming Chairman of the International Communications Forum (ICF)

For most journalists, spending a week working on a story is a luxury they can only dream of. Most modern editors are simply too busy to concern themselves on a day to day level with being the conscience of their junior reporters. Ethical journalism requires standards of vigilance that are unprecedented precisely because we are our own moral guardians and cannot lean on our bosses any longer, writes the new Chairman of the International Communications Forum. More >>


Media Ethics Conference 2014

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ICF Conference on Media Ethics

Media Ethics in a Changing World
09 May, London