Inter Press Service
Inter Press Service (IPS) is a global news agency. Its main focus is the production of independent news and analysis about events and processes affecting economic, social and political development.
The agency has established a niche in the international mediascape, not only by providing professional reporting on the so-called global South, civil society, and globalization, but also by covering topics in a more in-depth way than is common in the mainstream news.
Inter Press Service was set up in 1964 as a non-profit international cooperative of journalists. Its founders were the Italian journalist Roberto Savio and the Argentinean political scientist Pablo Piacentini. Initially, the primary objective of IPS was to fill the information gap between Europe and Latin America after the political turbulence following the Cuban revolution of 1959 (Giffard in Salwen and Garrison, 1991).
IPS is registered as an international not-for-profit association. It has 'general' NGO consultative status with ECOSOC at the United Nations, and the OECD status of ”ODA eligible international organization".
- Mario Soares
- Walther Lichem
- Mario Lubetkin, Director General
- Kerry Kennedy
- Fifi Benaboud
- Giovanni Spinelli
- Rene Castro
- Halle Jorn Hanssen
- Joaquín Costanzo
- Thalif Deen
- Ramesh Jaura
- Paula Fray
- Govin Reddy
- Jos van Gennip
- Johanna Son
International board of trustees
- Roberto Savio, An internationally renowned expert in communications issues, Roberto Savio has founded numerous news and information projects, always with an emphasis on the developing world: Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency, the pioneering Technological Information Pilot System (TIPS), the network of national information systems for Latin America and the Caribbean (ASIN), the Latin American features service ALASEI and the Women's Feature Service. He is now IPS President Emeritus.
- Mario Soares, lawyer, historian and politician - president of Portugal from 1986 to 1996
- Federico Mayor Zaragoza, former Director General of UNESCO
- Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland
- Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former Secretary-General of the United Nations (1992-1996)
- Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006)
- Toshiki Kaifu
- Inder Kumar Gujral, Prime Minister of India (1997 to 1998)