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Joining IFEX

Why join IFEX?
As the global network defending and promoting freedom of expression, the organisations that make up IFEX are connected by a shared commitment to defend this fundamental human right. By joining the IFEX network, your organisation both contributes to and benefits from that shared commitment along with increased opportunities for visibility, joint advocacy and organisational support.

Visibility: As a member of IFEX you can share your content through us and play your own part in helping amplify the voices of the network. IFEX publishes member stories and reports on our website and promotes them over our social media networks as well as in our IFEX newsletter. Our member stories are seen by the media, citizen activists, human rights defenders, academics and influencers in government, funding agencies and NGOs around the world.

Joint advocacy and campaigns: IFEX members benefit from the support and solidarity of the network at key moments in their local campaigns. We work to facilitate and support the campaigning initiatives of IFEX member organisations, as well as help groups develop collaborative partnerships with other members of the network with shared advocacy goals. Members can also take part in and benefit from the visibility of IFEX campaign activities, including the No Impunity Campaign , World Press Freedom Day and other IFEX joint actions.

Organisational support: The IFEX network provides support to its members with the aim of strengthening organizations and the individuals that make up these organizations for a stronger and more effective network. IFEX members benefit from support to regional initiatives, skills exchange opportunities between members, a variety of networking opportunities and direct support to members through grants and fundraising assistance.

Who can join
In order to apply for membership, your organisation must be:

- Independent, non-profit, non-governmental
- Your organisation's work must focus significantly on promoting freedom of expression
- Your organisation must have the capacity to engage and/or participate in the IFEX network

* IFEX membership is not open to individuals. For more information on eligibility criteria click here.

When to apply
IFEX reviews applications for membership once a year. Please reach out to us at membership[at] for the next opportunity to apply.

What you should know before applying
Before requesting an application form, we recommend that you review the following:

1. What We Do: Find out more about IFEX's work, impact, history and structure
2. Our Network: Find out more about IFEX's members
3. Our Governance: Find out more about how IFEX operates and what members' rights and responsibilities are
4. Take Action!: Find out more about IFEX's campaigns and advocacy work
5. Our Homepage: See our information and awareness raising work in action
6. Our Newsletter: See how we share member stories and information about free expression issues with the media and public. You can subscribe here.

What does it cost to join?
IFEX members must remit an annual fee based on their annual budget for freedom of expression work.

Organisational Budget for Free Expression Work Membership Fee
Up to US $10,000 US $50
US $10,000 to $50,000 US $100
US $50,000 to $100,000 US $500
US $100,000 to $250,000 US $1,000
US $250,000 to $500,000 US $1,700
US $500,000 to $1 Million US $2,100
Over US $1 Million US $2,500

How to apply
Request the latest form by emailing and find out the timeline for the next round. Click here for a sample of the IFEX Membership Application form.

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