The International Communications Forum (ICF), founded in 1991, recognizes that the media is one of the world’s most powerful forces for good or ill. The media does not just report and reflect society but often shapes its direction. The ICF aims to:
strengthen public confidence in the media;
promote the bonds of trust within democratic societies;
inspire a commitment to service on the part of those who work in the media.
The ICF is committed to media ethics and the freedoms of expression and information. These need to be accompanied by a high sense of responsibility and respect for every audience. The ICF expects of media practitioners the same standards of integrity that they wish to see in all public servants. Through conferences and training programmes, ICF demonstrates its ethos on the basis of people-to-people and conscience-to-conscience dialogue.
How can media help create a better world? The Transformational Media summit is a new initiative bringing together leaders from across the globe to explore the role that media can play in creating a peaceful prosperous world. The ICF supports this initiative and we encourage our friends to take part in the event.
An encouraging picture of demand for the principles of ICF and the response the ICF has made this year were expressed at our annual meeting in Caux. Twenty people took part in the Assembly and the suggestion is on the table that at next year’s Annual Assembly in Caux the ICF should again join forces with the conference on Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy (TIGE).
Conference organised by the ICF. The conference covered issues raised by war reporting, with a particular though not exclusive focus on exploitation for good or bad of material disseminated through new media sources, and the way journalists respond to these challenges.
The ICF held a series of meetings in Caux, Switzerland during the Caux Conference on Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy (TIGE). The objective of the ICF’s sessions was to review the ICF’s activities and identify and discuss key issues facing the ICF as it develops its work and establishes Chapters around the world. The ICF’s Annual Assembly held on 17 July 2007 concluded the ICF’s sessions. The names of those attending the ICF’s sessions is attached.
The International Media Council of the Next Century Foundation together with the International Communications Forum held a lively one day conference on the 18th of June entitled THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE MEDIA.
The Initiatives of Change Centre for Governance, in collaboration with the International Communications Forum, organised a day-long conference on Media and Governance at the India International Centre, New Delhi.
Media Valuesbrings together the writings of 27 experienced international journalists and artists to celebrate Bill Porter’s life and reflect on the values that he promoted through the ICF. Click here for more details.
The Newseum site is a treasure. Put your pointer on an included city anywhere in the world and its newspaper headlines pop up. Double click and the page gets larger. In some cases you can read the entire paper.