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This WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources is a frequently updated Internet directory of over 2000 annotated links to high-quality English-language sources of information and analysis in a wide range of international affairs, international relations, international studies, global studies, and global education topics. These sites are carefully selected for their long-term value, favoring those with cost-free, authoritative information and analysis online. Each website is described only in general terms because of the typically rapid changes in details of its contents and features.


: For media links, see the News Sources and International Radio and Television pages of this Virtual Library.

AMARC Home Page-- Site of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, with information on community radio available in English, French, and Spanish.

Amnesty International-- One of the world's largest international voluntary organizations dealing with human rights and political repression, including government treatment of journalists. The Annual Report is available online, in addition to other studies and news reports.

ARTICLE 19: the Global Campaign for Free Expression-- From a British NGO that promotes freedom of expression around the world, information about the group's activities and many studies on the status of freedom of expression, particularly in the mass media and in dictatorships and new democracies.

Committee to Protect Journalists-- Nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that monitors abuses against the press and promotes press freedom around the world. Copious news alerts, documentation, special reports, country reports, database, and denunciations, plus the annual Impunity Index, which "spotlights countries where journalists are slain and killers go free."

European Journalism Centre-- "Independent, international, non-profit institute dedicated to the highest standards in journalism, primarily through the further training of journalists and media professionals. Building on its extensive international network, the Centre operates as a facilitator and partner in a wide variety of training projects." Fine source for information and analysis about journalism in Europe.

Freedom House-- Many online studies ranking countries on measures of freedom, such as the annual "Freedom of the Press," the annual "Freedom in the World," informative backgrounders and other publications, are offered by this nonprofit, nonpartisan U.S. organization dedicated to promoting democracy around the world. "This site is a one-stop portal that describes best practices, consolidates lessons learned, explains campaign strategies and tactics, and links the efforts of freedom of information advocates around the world. It contains crucial information on freedom of information laws and how they were drafted and implemented, including how various provisions have worked in practice."

Global Journalist-- From the School of Journalism of the University of Missouri, the International Press Institute's fine quarterly magazine on international media and freedom of expression issues around the world, in full-text with archives and sound files from the radio program "Global Journalist Radio."

Human Rights Watch-- Dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world, by investigating and exposing human rights violations and holding abusers accountable. Many reports online.

Index on Censorship-- "Britain’s leading organisation promoting freedom of expression," reporting on censorship issues around the world.

Institute for War and Peace Reporting-- "From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, IWPR helps people in the world's most challenging environments have the information they need to drive positive changes in their lives — holding government to account, demanding constructive solutions, strengthening civil society and securing human rights." Posts news, analysis, reports, local media programs, and more from conflict zones in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Inter-American Press Association-- Prestigious "non-profit organization dedicated to defending freedom of expression and of the press throughout the Americas." Reports, press releases, and news on press freedom in the countries of the Western Hemisphere and related information.

International Communication Association-- The ICA brings together academicians and other professionals with interests in human communication, through divisions and interest groups on intercultural and development communication.

International Federation of Journalists-- The world's largest organization of journalists, based in Brussels, Belgium, with publications, activities, news items, etc. online.

International Freedom of Expression Exchange-- Network of 90 non-governmental organizations around the world that monitors free expression and press freedom violations in more than 120 countries. Offers alerts to freedom of expression violations worldwide in a searchable archive, news stories, e-mail alerts, and more.

International News Safety Institute-- Based in Brussels, a "non-governmental organisation dedicated to the safety of journalists and media staff and committed to fighting the persecution of journalists everywhere... a coalition of media organisations, press freedom groups, unions and humanitarian campaigners working to create a culture of safety in media in all corners of the world." Posts news, statistics, and reports on this topic.

International Press Institute-- "Global network of journalists, editors and media executives, dedicated to freedom of the press and improving the standards and practices of journalism." Posts world news related to freedom of the press, IPI public statements and conferences, special reports, and the annual "IPI Report" that examines the state of the media around the world.

International Telecommunication Union-- The international organization within which governments and the private sector coordinate global telecommunication networks and services.

International Women’s Media Foundation-- "Vibrant global network dedicated to strengthening the role of women in the news media worldwide as a means to further freedom of the press." Posts news, blogs, annual reports, and other publications about women in the media worldwide, as part of its networking, leadership, training, and advocacy work.

Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas--  At the University of Texas at Austin, this Center posts news and analysis on journalism in Latin America and the Caribbean and offers a weekly newsletter.

National Press Club-- In Washington, D.C., a "private association of members of the journalism and public relations community" and "the world's leading professional organization for journalists." Posts videos of luncheon speakers and other materials about current issues.

Panos London-- An NGO in London that "works with journalists in developing countries to produce news, features and analysis about the most critical global issues of today." Website describes Panos' activist mission and provides free online analytical news articles and reports about issues of interest to developing countries.

Reporters Without Borders-- A prestigious and well-connected NGO that vigorously defends press freedom worldwide, with online information about press freedom worldwide, based on scores of measures. Note especially the annual "World Press Freedom Index."

State of the News Media-- Annual report on the situation of the news media in the United States, by media type and featuring special reports, from the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers-- "Global organisation of the world’s press... the indispensable partner of newspapers and the entire news publishing industry worldwide, particularly our members, in the defence and promotion of press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity and the development of prosperous businesses and technology." Many publications on trends and issues in international news and the news business.

World Press Freedom Committee-- "Has provided leadership for more than 30 years in the fight against licensing of journalists, mandatory codes of conduct, mandatory tasks for journalists and other news controls." Posts WPFC publications and documents and news about press freedom issues worldwide.

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This section of the WWW Virtual Library system was created, and is edited and maintained, by Dr. Wayne A.Selcher, Professor of International Studies Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2288  U.S.A., as a volunteer and non-profit public service. This website copyright 1997-present by Wayne A. Selcher. E-mail: