“For the sake of democracy, for our future prosperity and for our citizens’ ability to forge their own destinies, we urgently need a fresh strategy and institutions to protect and advance a free media”.

John Kufuor
President of Ghana, (2001-2009)
“Globally, only 0.3% of development funds go to media, and independent news groups will need help to survive the next few years of our information dystopia. This is why there is an effort to establish an International Fund for Public Interest Media… I am part of its Advisory Group.”
Maria Ressa

‘Rappler As democracy dies, we build a global future’

“Newspapers alone are looking at loss that could amount to a $30 billion drop in expected revenues in 2020 going by responses from our strategic sample. Huge risk of market failure. Urgent need to discuss responses, where policy or initiatives like the proposed International Fund for Public Interest Media.”
Dr Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and IFPIM Advisory Group member

United Nations Secretary-General

Antonio Guterres welcomes the creation of the International Fund for Public Interest Media. Ensuring sufficient funding and support is crucial to securing the long-term future of independent media organisations, especially in low- and middle-income countries.

News & Resources


Maria Ressa and Mark Thompson to spearhead global effort to save public interest media

A global initiative to support embattled independent media today announced two renowned media leaders as its founding co-chairs.


Our co-chair Maria Ressa awarded Nobel Peace Prize

The International Fund for Public Interest Media is thrilled by the news that its co-chair, Filipino journalist, Maria Ressa has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, alongside Russian journalist, Dimity Muratov.  


President Biden announces ‘up to $30 million’ in US support for new global fund to bolster free press as ‘bedrock of democracy’

President Biden announced ‘critical seed money’ for International Fund for Public Interest Media in opening remarks at Summit for Democracy. The independent, multilateral fund aims to avert global extinction crisis for public interest journalism.

Founders & funders

A feasibility study conducted by BBC Media Action shows an International Fund for Public Interest Media would be an effective vehicle for enabling media markets to work for democracy.