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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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  • 2016-06-22 16:20
    Under the guidance of the Women in News Steering Committee, WAN-IFRA met with media executives from Botswana, Zambia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Lebanon and Palestine between January and June 2016, to discuss the most pressing challenges - and critically - potential solutions for media managers and owners to promote gender mainstreaming in both their editorial strategy as well as throughout the organization.  Read more ...
  • 2016-06-22 15:54
    In 2016, WAN-IFRA combined its Sida-funded Women in News Africa programme with its Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs-funded programme to bring participants together for combined workshops in media management as well as peer mentoring, and networking events. The group of 45 high potential editors and journalists from Botswana, Rwanda, Zambia and Zimbabwe (Sida-sponsored delegates) and Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania (Norwegian-sponsored delegates) met on two occasions throughout 2016. Read more ...
  • 2016-06-22 15:33
    Helping women create plans for their future media careers, developing plans to get them there and promoting leadership skills – these tasks are part and parcel for those acting as coaches within WAN-IFRA’s Women In News (WIN) programme, now in its sixth year. Read more ...
  • 2016-06-22 15:28
    WAN-IFRA’s Women in News program hosted the second Leadership and Media Management Training in Amman, Jordan in May, bringing together 23 mid-level women editors and senior journalists from the Middle East and North Africa for a one-week intensive training on leadership and management skills. Read more ...
  • 2016-06-22 15:21
    There was a time when Faith Oneya would enter the newsroom unnoticed. After quietly going about her day’s work, she would slip out the door and head home. Some might have described her as shy or even lacking in confidence. But that was then. Read more ...
  • 2016-06-20 12:06
    WAN-IFRA’s Strengthening Media and Society programme came to Cartagena, Colombia for three days of workshop training ahead of the 68th World News Media Congress, the global meeting point for the world’s press. 43 media professionals from 18 media companies across Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico participated in training sessions and exchanged professional experiences in digital strategies, editorial leadership and media freedom challenges. Read more ...
  • 2016-06-13 01:28
    The annual WAN-IFRA press freedom roundtable took place on Sunday, 12th June ahead of the opening of the World News Media Congress in Cartagena, Colombia. Read more ...
  • 2016-06-12 23:16
    The Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has been awarded to Dmitry Muratov, Editor-in-Chief of independent Russian newspaper, Novaya Gazeta. Read more ...
  • 2016-06-07 14:55
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  • 2016-06-07 14:51
    The Board of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), meeting on 12th June in Cartagena, Colombia during the 68th World News Media Congress, 23rd World Editors Forum, and 26th World Advertising Forum, calls on Mexican authorities to do more to guarantee the safety of journalists and to end the culture of impunity in the country. Read more ...

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Nicole Leiß


2016-08-24 19:30


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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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