Monday, May 16, 2011
Bob Webb

Flash back to the fall of 2000 when Sarajevo hosted the ICF's World Media Assembly giving that historic old city's name to a document -- the Sarajevo Commitment -- that was to become known globally with its vision of mass media as a more constructive force in the 21st century than in the 20th.

Thursday, March 3, 2011
Kevin Marsh

The danger of Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks exposures is that they ‘pull on the string of “what is secret must be true”. This is fantastically pernicious’, warned BBC journalist Kevin Marsh. He was addressing a public audience at Lincoln University on the theme of ‘Leaks and stings: vice or virtue?’ on 28 February. Much of what the WikiLeaks exposures had revealed were opinions rather than facts, Marsh said. ‘We forget the process of journalism in judging what is salient.’

Thursday, February 10, 2011
One11world website

What now, how do we go on, what to do next? For the first time, an ad hoc coalition of foreign correspondents and reporters from across the Dutch media have given voice to people in every corner of the world who are looking for answers to these questions.

Monday, September 20, 2010
Bernard Margueritte

The role of the media in world society was prominent during conferences held in Caux, Switzerland in July 2010 organised by Initiatives of Change. Richard Lance Keeble, Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln, highlighted the media’s crucial role in the anti-racism campaign at the opening session of the conference on “Learning to live in a multi-cultural world”.

Monday, September 20, 2010
Caux Palace

At the conference on 'Learning to Live in a Multicultural World', held in Caux, Switzerland from 2 to 7 July 2010 participants dealing with the role of the media in creating a multicultural, inclusive community issued a challenging statement urging the media to restore the credibility and dignity of their profession. Click here to read their call to the Media.

Monday, September 20, 2010

A group of Russian media professionals led by ICF Vice President Natalia Skortsova. Professor in the Journalism Department at the University of the Russian Academy of Education. Nizhny Novgorod and former Executive Secretary of the Russian Union of Journalists has produced a short documentary in English about the ICF. Click here for more details and a link to the 13 minutes video.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The 10th anniversary of the launching of the Sarajevo Commitment, a statement of best practice for media professionals, was celebrated in a short ceremony in Caux, Switzerland, on 14 August. This statement of intent, signed by participants attending ICF’s Sarajevo World Forum in September 2000, aimed to be a beacon of encouragement to countries freed from communist tyranny and a challenge to the media world-wide. Now in 17 languages, it is still being signed online by media people from around the world.

Friday, July 2, 2010
Richard Keeble

Journalism professor calls for progressive journalists to tackle racism.Richard Lance Keeble, Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln, UK, highlighted the role of the media in promoting multiculturalism at the opening session of the conference “Learning to live in a multi-cultural world”, organised by Initiatives of Change, Caux, Switzerland, 2 July 2010. Read the full text of his talk here.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

We are delighted to announce the imminent publication of Media Values.

Shortly before his death in 2009 Bill Porter suggested the publication of a book in which colleagues could highlight in many different ways the fundamental principles of the ICF. Media Values is that book, drawing together 29 chapters inspired by Bill Porter - a timely celebration of his life and his inspirational campaign.

Commenting on the book, Sir David Bell, recently retired chairman of theFinancial Times writes: “This is an impressive book inspired by a remarkable man who was devoted to the simple idea that the media can have high standards and prepared to campaign tirelessly to make this idea come alive. As this book shows, his impact was considerable and the torch which he lit is burning stronger than ever.”

Media Values is edited by Professor Richard Keeble, University of Lincoln, and published by Troubador Publishing in their Communication Ethics series. The book will be available from November 2010. Click here for more details.

Friday, April 30, 2010
Sonali Samarasinghe

For Sri Lankan journalist Sonali Samarasinghe, it was a night to remember when she accepted on 21 April on behalf of her late husband, Lasantha Wickramatunga, the 2009 Freedom of the Press award from the National Press Club in Washington. He was murdered on 8 January 2009 after predicting he would be in a now-famous editorial to run, as it was, after his death. He had been relentless in exposing wrongdoing in the government as editor-in-chief of the Sunday Leader in Colombo.