International Freedom of Expression eXchange

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International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX) was founded in 1992 in Montreal and is "comprised of 72 organisations - located everywhere from the Pacific Islands to Europe to West Africa". [1]

"The nerve-centre of IFEX is the Clearing House, located in Toronto, Canada and managed by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. The Clearing House helps coordinate the work of IFEX members, reducing overlap among their activities and making them more effective in their shared objectives." [2]

Bob Carty helped found the network.

Initial funding

"The Ford Foundation, which provided funding to hold the first IFEX meeting; the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation of New York, which supported the establishment of the IFEX Action Alert Network; and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), through its International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), which provided support for IFEX to extend its links into the developing world and promoted IFEX through its own developmental network." [3]

Past Supporters



Council members 2006-2007



555 Richmond St W.
Post Office Box #407
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5V 3B1
Tel: +1 416 515 9622
E-mail: ifex AT ifex DOT org

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