|This article relies on references to primary sources. (November 2012)|
|Focus||Freedom of speech|
|Members||80 independent organisations worldwide|
|Formerly called||International Freedom of Expression Exchange|
IFEX (formerly the International Freedom of Expression Exchange) is a global network of 80 independent non-governmental organisations working at the local, national, regional and international level to defend and promote freedom of expression as a fundamental human right.
IFEX's mandate is to raise awareness by sharing information online and mobilising action on issues such as press freedom, Internet censorship, freedom of information legislation, criminal defamation and insult laws, media concentration and attacks on the free expression rights of all people, including journalists, writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, academics, scientists, human rights defenders and Internet users.
IFEX works with its members by creating and participating in advocacy coalitions and working groups and releasing joint statements and petitions.
In 2011, IFEX launched the International Day to End Impunity, marked annually on 23 November. In a report to the Human Rights Council, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue welcomed IFEX's declaration of the day.
The Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG), launched in 2004 by 21 IFEX members to raise awareness of censorship and other human rights violations in Tunisia is IFEX's largest campaign to date. IFEX-TMG was dissolved in January 2013 in response to an improved conditions for local NGOs, media independence and free expression rights.
IFEX brings attention to free expression stories and events through its website, e-newsletters and special reports. The content is available in multiple languages (English, French, Spanish and Arabic), and addresses pressing free expression stories. The website hosts a searchable online archive of free expression violations going back to 1995.
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