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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 in the recent years, see the PDF files at the bottom of the page.

Our aim is to represent the interests of the news publishing industry across the various platforms where debate on regulation and policy take place on topics that affect our business.

WAN-IFRA's 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 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.

Focus 2019

Internet governance discussions are shaping the digital publishing environment of the future, and newspapers need to be present where the talks take place. WAN-IFRA is working to ensure proper representation of the industry at the Internet Governance Forum and its regional chapters

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. WAN-IFRA is increasingly active in its participation in the work of the World Intellectual Property Organisation, trying bring the European arguments to the global attention.  

News literacy WAN-IFRA is in the process of building a News Literacy Network of experts, in an effort to shift the global conversation from Media Literacy to News Literacy. The lack of News Literacy is certainly one of the main reasons behind the surge of misinformation and the fake news crisis, but it gets often overlooked in favour of a more general “ media literacy”. In the IGF 2018 “Key Messages”, for example, fake news is covered in the chapter “media & content”, but the proposed solution is just digital literacy, which is only part of the answer. A very digitally literate person might very well be incapable of discerning disinformation and propaganda from professional news, and we as a society have a responsibility to address this paradox, and disseminate risks and solutions. Given their undoubtable media literacy, properly trained young readers could indeed be effectively capable of transmitting news literacy to the more adult population, and possibly help find the light at the end of the tunnel of egotism that is at the root of the widespread populist electoral choices we have recently witnessed around the world. For recent work done by WAN-IFRA on News Literacy resources see here.


Full collection of Media Policy reports here




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Elena Perotti


2016-01-15 12:51

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