World Association of News Publishers


Pakistan Newspapers Join WAN-IFRA

Pakistan Newspapers Join WAN-IFRA

Hyderabad, India – 2009-12-03

The All Pakistan Newspaper Society, which represents 304 newspapers and six advertising agencies, has joined the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), which groups 79 publisher associations, 18,000 newspapers, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies world-wide.

The All Pakistan Newspaper Society, which represents 304 newspapers and six advertising agencies, has joined the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), which groups 79 publisher associations, 18,000 newspapers, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies world-wide.

APNS was formally admitted by the Board of WAN-IFRA, which met during the World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum in Hyderabad, India.

"The APNS is active in defending and promoting press freedom and the professional interests of newspapers in a country that is particularly difficult for the media," said Timothy Balding, co-CEO of WAN-IFRA. "We are looking forward to working with our colleagues in Pakistan to further the cause of press freedom and democracy."

Pakistan has become one of the world's most deadly country for journalists. Eight have been killed in Pakistan this year.

The All Pakistan Newspaper Society was established in 1954 to watch over, protect, preserve and promote the rights and interests of the newspaper industry in Pakistan, which sells more than eight million copies daily. The APNS monitors the press freedom situation in the country and regularly condemns conditions that undermine the independence of journalists and newspapers.

WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Darmstadt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India, Spain, France and Sweden, is the global organisation of the world's newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. The organisation was created by the merger of the World Association of Newspapers and IFRA, the research and service organisation for the news publishing industry.

Inquiries to: Larry Kilman, Director of Communications and Public Affairs, WAN-IFRA, 7 rue Geoffroy St Hilaire, 75005 Paris France. Tel: +33 1 47 42 85 00. Fax: +33 1 47 42 49 48. Mobile: +33 6 10 28 97 36. E-mail: larry.kilman@wan-ifra.org.

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