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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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  • 2012-10-18 11:16
    A general strike for media employees took place 17 October as Tunisian authorities continue to resist demands to make constitutional guarantees on freedom of expression and recall controversial media sector appointments. The IFEX Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG), a coalition of 21 IFEX members, stands strongly with the media sector in its action, calling on the Tunisian government to reconsider its policies regarding the media and to engage in meaningful dialogue that will secure its independence. Read more ...
  • 2012-10-05 12:03
    Venezuelans take to the polls on Sunday in what many commentators are describing as the most important election in a generation – not only for the oil-rich nation but also for the entire continent. Despite reports of an alarming increase in attacks against the media that have constricted open debate, public opinion may not be as one-sided as official statistics suggest. With rising discontent and a polarised electorate, the stage is set for a dramatic run-in this weekend that could have reverberations for Leftist governments throughout the Americas. Read more ...
  • 2012-10-02 15:02
    The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum have welcomed the decision of the Ukrainian Parliament to reject a bill to reintroduce criminal defamation, calling on President Viktor Yanukovych to ensure the country follows up with strong commitments to freedom of expression. Read more ...
  • 2012-10-01 15:50
    Ahead of a crucial vote in the Ukrainian Parliament, WAN-IFRA appeals to parliamentarians to vote to rescind proposed amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code that would reintroduce criminal libel. Read more ...
  • 2012-09-28 17:24
    While welcoming Tunisia's acceptance of 110 of its 125 recommendations during a United Nations review last week, the IFEX Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG) calls on the country's leadership to adopt the recommendations related to freedom of expression without delay. Furthermore, the IFEX-TMG encourages a review of the legal basis for refusing to end the criminalisation of defamation, as was called for by one recommendation that the country rejected during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Tunisia that was adopted in Geneva. Read more ...
  • 2012-09-24 11:56
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  • 2012-09-21 14:13
    WAN-IFRA has sent an open letter to the president of Ukraine to express concern at recent setbacks for media freedoms in the country. Read more ...
  • 2012-09-06 15:20
    As the European Football Championships drew to a close with the spotlight on Ukraine, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), Article 19, Freedom House, Open Society Foundations (OSF), and the Ukraine Association of Press Publishers released their joint report on the country’s press freedom situation. Read more ...
  • 2012-09-04 12:30
    Mexico’s press is rapidly losing its freedom and the government must take urgent action to guarantee the safety of journalists and media professionals, so says a report published today by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Read more ...
  • 2012-09-03 10:16
    Mexican journalist Anabel Hernández has been awarded the Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom prize of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Read more ...

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