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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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  • 2011-04-04 10:50
    The Yemeni parliament voted on 23 March to implement a 30-day state of emergency, a move that grants significant extra powers to President 'Ali 'Abdullah Saleh's regime to continue its already brutal crackdown against anti-government protesters. The implications for journalists covering the demonstrations are unclear, and their ability to move around freely and safely cannot be guaranteed. In a letter to the President, WAN-IFRA urged free expression organisations to condemn the attacks on journalists and express their serious concern for the state of press freedom and free expression. Read more ...
  • 2011-03-14 18:45
    During the panel entitled ‘Press Freedom in Latin America – One Continent, Multiple Challenges’, participants to the WAN-IFRA América Latina Conference heard how censorship, physical attacks and murders, economic pressure and other measures afflict the independent press and limit its development. Read more ...
  • Samsarat Alnahas Bab al-yemen
    2011-03-11 11:19
    A thousand kilometres separate Yemen's capital Sana’a from the oil-rich modern Saudi metropolis Riyadh, but in economic terms the two states are worlds apart. While the petrodollar has made the Saudi Kingdom one of the world’s richest countries, its poor southern relation has seen its resources frittered away through internal conflict, corruption and political deceit. Perhaps no other country better illustrates why the region is exploding. Read more ...
  • 2011-03-10 13:25
    WAN-IFRA has joined a call to the UN Human Rights Council to reject "defamation" and "denigration" of religions, which has been endorsed by over 100 freedom of expression organisations throughout the world. Read more ...
  • 2011-03-01 18:08
    The International Freedom of Expression Exchange Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG), a coalition of 20 human rights and freedom of expression organisations of which WAN-IFRA is an active member, has been working since 2004 to draw attention to the state of freedom of expression in Tunisia. In light of the momentous recent events that ousted President Zine Abedine Ben Ali and brought his repressive 23-year regime to an end, WAN-IFRA travelled to Tunis as part of a delegation of IFEX-TMG representatives to take stock of the immense challenges that lie ahead for the media. Read more ...
  • Ibrahim Eissa
    2011-02-25 17:51
    Ahead of November 2010 parliamentary elections, WAN-IFRA had the opportunity to meet with prominent Egyptian journalist, editor and 2008 Gebran Tueni Award laureate, Ibrahim Eissa. In the proceeding months, the political situation in Egypt dramatically changed with the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak and the beginning of a promise of democracy. Nonetheless, Mr Eissa’s interview gives a fascinating insight into the challenges faced by the independent media working inside President Mubarak’s repressive regime. Read more ...
  • Yemen Polling Center
    2011-02-23 18:05
    In 2010, the Sana’a-based Yemen Polling Center (YPC) was recognised by Washington DC-based Gallup International, the world’s largest public research institute, as the leading public opinion research institution not only in Yemen but also throughout the entire Middle East and North Africa region. Read more ...
  • Freedom of Expression in Yemen - A Critical State of Affairs
    2011-02-22 15:21
    Against a backdrop of historic political change for the region that has brought the country to the brink of its own revolution, The International Partnership for Yemen today releases findings from its joint mission that expose the critical situation facing the media. Read more ...
    2011-02-16 14:32
    In the aftermath of the momentous events that brought Tunisian President Zine Abedine Ben Ali’s repressive 23-year regime to an end, a delegation of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG) travelled to Tunis in early February to assess what is needed to rebuild the independent press in Tunisia and ensure freedom of the press and freedom of expression are successfully established. Read more ...
  • Restrictive media laws stifle press freedom in Africa. Photo courtesy of AFP.
    2011-01-14 17:19
    An arsenal of pernicious legislation is at the disposal of governments the world over when it comes to suppressing independent media, but the toolbox of legal devices is seldom more complete or readily deployed than on the African continent. Read more ...

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