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Press Freedom

In countless countries, journalists, editors and publishers are physically attacked, imprisoned, censored, suspended or harassed for their work. WAN-IFRA is committed to defending freedom of expression by promoting a free and independent press around the world.

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  • 2013-08-28 16:58
    Neuchâtel, Switzerland, 6:40am, 13 August 2013. A prosecutor, four criminal investigators and an IT expert enter the apartment of award-winning journalist, Ludovic Rocchi. Working on assignment, the journalist’s wife is home alone and reportedly interrogated in his place. Computer equipment and notebooks are seized before the dawn squad retreat, taking along with them a good chunk of Switzerland’s press freedom. Read more ...
  • 2013-08-26 13:07
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  • 2013-08-22 12:45
    Illegal detention and government threats to a free press, just the latest headlines to emerge from the UK in a summer of revelations connected to NSA surveillance. Both revolve around the Guardian newspaper, and both require legal precedent to change in order to prevent Britain further lurching towards the unpleasant label of 21st Century totalitarian democracy. Read more ...
  • 2013-08-01 15:25
    The following is a letter to President Rafael Correa, calling on him to submit the recently-approved Ecuadorian Communications Law to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CorteIDH) for a Consultative Opinion. It was initiated by the Andean Foundation for Media Observation & Study (FUNDAMEDIOS), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the Institute for Press and Society (IPYS) and signed by over 30 IFEX members, including WAN-IFRA. Read more ...
  • 2013-07-31 16:44
    Since 2010, there has been significant institutional progress for press freedom in Africa. The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) passed a resolution in November of that year urging governments to repeal criminal defamation. Two resolutions followed: the Pan-African Parliament’s (PAP) passing of the ‘Press Freedom for Development and Governance: Need to Reform’ resolution in 2012, and the ‘Midrand Declaration’ in 2013. Both resolutions condemn violations of media freedom and put safeguards into motion for its protection, including an annual ‘media freedom index’ in Africa and a decision to collectively recognise WAN-IFRA’s Declaration of Table Mountain Campaign to repeal criminal defamation. Read more ...
  • 2013-07-04 15:15
    On Tuesday 2 July the Jordanian government announced it had blocked 254 news websites that had failed to obtain a government license. This move follows a controversial change to the Press and Publication Law in 2012 dictating that online news sites must register with the government, a policy that independent watchdog organisations fear will “risk curbing their independent reporting and analysis.” Among the blocked sites are those for Al-Jazeera, Time Out magazine and AmmanNet. Read more ...
  • Dr. Than Htut Aung
    2013-06-03 06:23
    "This Golden Pen of Freedom Award means to me that I am not walking alone. We, the people of Myanmar, are not walking alone. This Award means you are with us." Read more ...
  • Erik Bjerager, President, World Editors Forum
    2013-06-03 06:21
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  • 2013-06-03 05:34
    Dr Than Htut Aung, Chairman and CEO of Eleven Media Group in Myanmar, is the 2013 WAN-IFRA Golden Pen of Freedom laureate. Read his story here. Read more ...
  • 2013-06-02 12:31
    Is press freedom a reality or just naïve idealism? This was the opening statement from the 2013 Press Freedom Roundtable, where experts from four continents gathered before a packed room to air their views on the critical issues facing freedom of expression worldwide. Read more ...

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  • The Golden Pen of Freedom is WAN-IFRA's annual award recognising individuals or organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the defence and promotion of press freedom.
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Nicole Leiß


2016-08-24 18:30


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