International Media Support

About the organisation

International Media Support (IMS) is a non-profit organisation working to support local media in countries affected by armed conflict, authoritarian rule and political transition. Across four continents, IMS helps to promote press freedom, strengthen professional journalism and ensure that media can operate in challenging circumstances.

Description of the organisation

IMS was established in 2001 in the wake of the tragic events in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia where these and other conflicts saw media being manipulated and used as a tool to fuel violent conflict. IMS was set up in response to this trend with the aim to help local media working in conflict-affected areas to remain operative and professional. We support the production and distribution of media content that meets internationally recognised ethical standards and work to ensure safe media environments with sound laws for journalists. We do this because citizens and leaders need information they can trust to make decisions that develop their societies in a peaceful and democratic way.


The organisation is headed by Jesper Højberg Executive Director of IMS. Our headquarters are based in Copenhagen with field offices currently in Iraq, Tunisia, Kenya/Somalia, Myanmar, Ukraine and Pakistan.

Focus areas

Safety in journalism, advocating media rights, media law reform, professional associations and media centers, media business development, new media and technology, professional training

Active in

Niger, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kirgizstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine

Updates and resources

IMS has just launched (Sept 2018) the first ever audience study of user habits of media in Myanmar. See: https://www.mediasupport.org/new-study-sheds-light-on-media-habits-in-myanmar/. Contact Emilie Jacobsen, ele@mediasupport.org

IMS has built a network of journalists in Mosul, Iraq cooperating across ethnic backgrounds (Osama al-Habahbeh, oha@mediasupport.org)

7iber, a Jordanian online media supported by IMS is the first Arab media to undergo a so-called Ethical Audit and will thus be the first media to get an “ethical stamp”. Contact Henrik Keith, hk@mediasupport.org

IMS’ Migrant Voices programme has trained journalists and analysed their media coverage of migrants and their issues across a number of countries in Africa (report published): http://www.migrantvoices.org. Contact Finn Rasmussen, fr@mediasupport.org

In late 2017, IMS launched the first global study on national safety mechanisms for journalists covering seven different countries (“Defending Journalism”, which has been received well at all launched and internationally.

Team members

Helle Wahlberg, Head of Communications
Jesper Højberg, Executive Director IMS,
David Lush, Head of Organisational Learning

Rob Shaw, IMS Safety Advisor