AIPIM – Associação de Imprensa em Português e Inglês de Macau (Macau Portuguese and English Press Association) was established on July 8, 2005.
AIPIM’s membership currently stands above 80 members, most of which are journalists working for Macau-based Portuguese and English language media outlets.
Since its inception, AIPIM has been in forefront of protecting and standing for freedom of the press right to information and access to sources.
Throughout the years, AIPIM has been issuing statements whenever we come across obstacles that hinder our work as journalists and the service we provide to the citizens. We have also been holding a number of talks, debates and round-tables focusing on journalism, press freedom, fundamental rights, ethical matters and issues of public interest concerning Macau’s political, social and economic development.
AIPIM has also been committed to developing self-regulation tools. A step in that direction was taken in May 2017, when we adopted our first Code of Ethics and Journalist Statute.
Training also ranks high in our agenda. We have been holding training sessions and workshops on legal matters, ethics, language and on perfecting technical skills.
Media workers’ rights have also been a concern, namely working conditions and access to health care. AIPIM is one of the founding members of the Macau Media Workers’ Welfare Union, a body that comprises another four Macau-based media workers associations. The Union is in charge of negotiation on behalf of the workers a health insurance scheme.
AIPIM is also outward looking. We have developed ties with the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong, and with several trade unions and journalists’ associations from Portuguese Speaking countries. Since 2010, AIPIM is a member, alongside counterparts from Portuguese Speaking Countries, of Federação de Jornalistas de Língua Portuguesa, (FJLP) – Federation of Portuguese Speaking Journalists.
AIPIM was accepted as associate member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in November 2017.