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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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  • 2017-05-31 08:51
    Directors from 10 Mexican regional media outlets and representatives of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) met with authorities from the Secretary of the Interior (SEGOB) and the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) to express their concerns regarding the current crisis affecting journalism and to discuss the measures announced by the government to address it. Read more ...
  • 2017-05-18 13:50
    WAN-IFRA has condemned a spate of recent judicial decisions against journalists and freedom of expression in Ecuador (Spanish) Read more ...
  • 2017-05-16 14:00
    WAN-IFRA condemns assasination of journalist Javier Valdez in Culiacán, Sinaloa, and calls on Mexican authorities to bring justice to his case (Spanish) Read more ...
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  • 2017-04-28 12:28
    Pressures on journalists and media organisations are designed to reduce transparency and accountability in society. Usually it means powerful interests have something to hide from public view. Ultimately, media need to do more to convince public opinion that such targeting is an attack on common values and will not be tolerated. Read more ...
  • 2017-04-27 10:16
    Without reporters to cover stories from conflict zones, some of the most imminently important stories from around the world would not get the coverage they deserve. But the risks to reporters have not lessened in recent years. Conflict reporters face harassment, kidnapping, assault and even murder in their quest for information. Read more ...
  • 2017-04-27 09:46
    Since its inception in 2012, WAN-IFRA’s Media Professionals Programme (MPP) has given media managers from around the world leadership skills and support through personalized training and mentoring. During a recent meeting of mentors and mentees in Myanmar and Vietnam in March, the impact of the programme was overwhelmingly evident. And for those who have participated in the MPP over time, the result has been personal and professional growth. Read more ...
  • 2017-04-27 09:37
    As technology holds an increasing importance in media houses around the world, the threats that accompany the digital revolution have become paramount. Journalists in South Africa are working to tackle these threats, with the WAN-IFRA Media Freedom Committee recently hosting a two-day digital security training and panel discussion at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism in Johannesburg, South Africa. Read more ...
  • 2017-04-20 18:20
    WAN-IFRA has joined international media and human rights organisations in condemning on-going attacks on journalists in Bahrain. On 23 April, the court of appeals will hold another hearing for Sayed Ahmed Salman al-Mousawi, an internationally-renowned photographer, who was arrested more than three years ago for alleged terrorist activities. Read more ...
  • 2017-04-03 15:02
    In this time of populism and identity politics, there is an ongoing erosion of the confidence placed in essential democratic institutions. Formerly cemented conceptions about democracy and the role of journalism as its watchdog are today being contested. Can democracy and ethical journalism survive in a post-truth era? Read more ...

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Nicole Leiß


2016-08-24 18:30


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  • Media Freedom Committees are positioned across the globe to assist WAN-IFRA's partners in fighting challenges to press freedom and help place the media at the heart of society.
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