In order to support efforts aimed at enhancing freedom of the press globally, Radix – the Asia-based firm mandated by ICANN to operate the dotPress (or .press gTLD) internet domain – is set to donate US $2 from every .press gTLD registration to the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).
All the funds realised through the campaign, which runs through May 2016 (also recognised as the World Press Freedom Month), are expected to help SPJ’s work related to freedom of the press and empowerment of the journalism community. As an additional incentive, Radix is selling the .press domains at a discount throughout this month.
“Around the world, freedom of speech is under a constant threat. The internet has enabled a more seamless flow of information, thereby empowering journalists, activists and bloggers. At the same time, there is a marked increase in attempts by multiple entities to muzzle voices which try to bring out truths which are deemed too uncomfortable. Globally, journalists often risk their lives to significant peril to give voice to the voiceless, to tell their stories unreservedly,” stated International Journalists’ Network (IJNET).
But why a .press gTLD with all the other existing domains?
“Leading journalists and News Corporations across the world today adopt a “digital first” approach. However in a world crowded with “dotcoms”, it is increasingly difficult to get your voice heard. With .PRESS Domains, organizations and individuals can adopt online identities specific and relevant to their field of work leveraging the credibility that PRESS evokes thereby attracting greater audience,” states Radix.