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WAN-IFRA's Media Policy focus

WAN-IFRA's Media Policy focus

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The news publishing industry is experiencing transformation at an ever-quickening pace, with new policy issues arising as the landscape changes. To build its future, the newspaper industry must present a united front and develop common strategies that look beyond today's challenges and current technologies.

For a summary of our activities last year, see the PDF at the bottom of the page.

Our aim is to foster knowledge-sharing that allows policy experts and publishers to come together to contribute their views on where the industry is headed, and to voice the opinion of news media across the various platforms where debate on regulation and policy take place.

WAN-IFRA is a unique global knowledge-sharing platform that allows policy experts and publishers to come together to voice the opinion of news media across the various platforms where debate on regulation and policy take place. Our advocacy work on media policy topics focuses particularly on the issues that affect the independence of the press and thus shape the foundations of our society.

Thanks the authority derived from its global newspaper membership and the legacy of 70 years spent at the service of a free press, WAN-IFRA is uniquely placed to represent the newspaper industry in all global policy discussions. Learn more about our international network by visiting our member associations and affiliate members pages. WAN-IFRA also holds associate status to represent the newspaper industry at UNESCO, consultative status at the United Nations, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the Council of Europe and other major international bodies.


Internet governance discussions are shaping the digital publishing environment of the future, and newspapers need to be present where the talks take place.

Privacy is an increasingly central topic in the post-Snowden world, and one of the central battle fields reaching both the worlds of common and civil law.

Copyright and intellectual property are at the top of the EU agenda, and are likely to hold a key position in the trade agreement discussions across the globe.


In 2017, one of our main projects is a pioneering initiative on news publishers' data protection policies. For full details, see page 4 of the PDF at the bottom of the page.

Other activities include:

  • Media Policy blog with daily updates and longer analyses.
  • Twitter feed focusing on media policy news.
  • Monthly newsletter aimed at monitoring and sharing the latest policy updates.
  • Advocacy: UK press law, Right to be forgotten
  • Researching priority legislative challenges threatening or restricting freedom of expression in the countries involved in the WAN-IFRA Media Development programme “Strengthening Media & Society”
  • Global Media Policy Forum, held alongside the WAN-IFRA Congress. Read more about the latest Forum, dedicated to the issue of zero rating and Facebook’s Free Basics.
  • Participating in the forums where policy debates on internet governance, privacy and copyright take place: Internet Governance Forum, the World Intellectual Property Organization...
  • Publication of reports: “Right to be Forgotten”, news publishers' VAT.
  • Monitoring of the state of the industry with World Press Trends, the unique database on the newspaper industry statistics across the world:



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Elena Perotti


2016-01-15 11:51

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