On December 16th, 2014 Warsaw will host the Freedom of Speech Award ceremony. The distinction will be awarded for the second time. It will be presented by the President of the International Association of Press Clubs in the presence of journalists, representatives of Press Clubs and official guests. .

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Pictures from 2014 award dinner


Freedom of Speech Award 2014 to Alexey Simonov

Aleksey Simonov, the president of Russian Glasnost Defense Foundation is the laureate of second edition of IAPC Freedom of Speech Award. Simonov is awarded for the longstanding fight for free journalism, defence of journalists and support of freedom of speech in Russia. The laureate will collected the award on 16 December in Warsaw.

IAPC Freedom of Speech Award 2014Aleksey Simonov is a film director, writer and activist who supports freedom of speech as well as freedom of the profession of journalist in Russia. From 1991 on he is in charge of the Glasnost Defense Foundation. He authored numerous publications on freedom of speech and journalism and his foundation conducts programmes freedom of access to information, inter alia protection and support of independence of local journalists, relations between authorities and the media, revealing cases of violence against journalists and informing international public opinion on violations of freedom of speech in Russia.

The IAPC confers the Freedom of Speech Award on persons or organisations for their exceptional contributions to the fight for defence of free speech or creating conditions and supporting efforts promoting freedom of speech. The winner is selected by all the IAPC member press clubs (over 20 countries). Each of the more than 30 clubs has one vote. The winner receives a medal and 10,000 euro.

The award will be presented on Tuesday, 16 December in the Royal Baths of Warsaw. The ceremony is co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and co-organised by National Centre for Culture.

International Association of Press Clubs
International Association of Press Clubs (IAPC) was established in 2002 to disseminate the ethics of journalism and the right to unrestrained access to information. The IAPC associates press clubs in more than twenty countries of Europe, North America, Middle East, Asia and Australia. The goals of IAPC include the support of dialogue, cooperation and exchange of information among media professionals all over the world as well as cultivating the free access to information, raising ethical standards in the media and global support of actions ensuring freedom of speech.

International Association of Press Clubs also supports the thousands of its members in their domestic work as well as during their work as foreign correspondents. The association supports many organisations that promote freedom of expression, protection of media professionals and high ethical standards.

Press Club Poland
Press Club Poland is a creative organisation associating media workers, which remains focused on supporting and perfecting journalists’ practice as well as on monitoring the rights of citizens to reliable information.

It is a place suitable for all persons who work as journalists and for persons in some other way professionally associated with the media. The activities of Press Club relate to the three pillars of education, information and integration. Press Club Poland is a member of International Association of Press Clubs and European Press Club Federation.


Freedom of Speech Award 2013 for Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders were awarded the Freedom of Speech Award, a prize by International Association of Press Clubs (IAPC). The organisation was honoured for longstanding support and protection of journalists, the fight against censorship and monitoring freedom of speech around the world. The distinction has been awarded for the first time. 

The presentation ceremony took place on Tuesday, 4 June, in the Great Assembly Hall of the Royal Castle of Warsaw. Lech Walesa, the legendary leader of “Solidarity” movement and the former president of Poland was in attendance along with Jaroslaw Wlodarczyk, the chairman of IAPC. The award was collected by the president of Reporters Without Borders Gerald Sapey accompanied by the organisation’s general secretary Christophe Deloire.

Swiatowa Nagroda Wolnosci SlowaReporters without Borders is an international non-governmental organisation that protects the right to the freedom of press, freedom of speech and access to information as well as the security of journalists.
The IAPC confers the Freedom of Speech Award on persons or organisations for their exceptional contributions to the fight for or in defence of free speech, or creating conditions and supporting efforts promoting freedom of speech. The winner is selected by all the IAPC member press clubs (over 20 countries). Each of the more than 30 clubs has one vote. The winner receives a medal and 10,000 euro.
A part of the award ceremony was the first public screening of the selected scenes from the movie ‘Wałęsa’ and a meeting with its director, Andrzej Wajda, who spoke about the limits on free speech in Polish cinema under communism .
The 2013 award ceremony was co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the National Centre for Culture.
The presentation of the Freedom of Speech Award was the highlight of the annual IAPC assembly, which took place June 3-6 in Warsaw. The delegates also visited Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot.

International Association of Press Clubs
The International Association of Press Clubs was formed in 2002 to uphold the ethics of journalism and free access and distribution of information worldwide. We now have 20 member Press Clubs representing Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. The International Association of Press Clubs aims to foster dialogue, cooperation and exchange of practical experience and ideas between media representatives around the world, promote free access to information, increase ethical standards in media, and support the struggle for free speech worldwide. The International Association of Press Clubs also supports thousands of Press Club members in their work as journalists, both in their own countries and as foreign correspondents. The Association supports numerous organizations active in defense of free speech, media workers’ rights and the maintenance of high ethical standards.

Press Club Polska
Press Club Polska, founded in 2009, is an association of media representatives, promoting journalistic professionalism and supporting citizens’ rights to obtain accurate and reliable information. It is a place for all people who work as journalists and people professionally connected with the media. The Press Club’s activity is based on three pillars: education, information and integration. Press Club Polska is a member of the International Association of Press Clubs and the European Press Club Federation.