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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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  • 2012-06-22 15:33
    IPI and WAN-IFRA Demand Immediate Clarification of Events and Reiterate Call to Mexican Presidential Candidates Read more ...
  • 2012-06-18 10:50
    On 7 October 2012, Venezuelans will decide on whether to re-elect President Hugo Chávez or to allow opposition candidate Henrique Capriles to accede to the country’s supreme function. The campaign period will be one of uncertainty; Capriles has successfully united opposition for the first time in 13 years and become a tough contender for Chávez, whose decreasing public appearances after being diagnosed with cancer a year ago have raised many doubts on his ability to run the campaign and serve a 4th term. Read more ...
  • 2012-06-15 18:26
    Mexican crime reporter Victor Manuel Báez Chino was killed on Thursday morning in Xalapa, the capital of the State of Veracruz. He had been kidnapped on Wednesday evening after he left his office. Read more ...
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  • 2012-06-11 15:45
    The International Press Institute (IPI) and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) this morning called on Mexican authorities to immediately investigate last Friday's mysterious disappearance of a Mexican crime journalist and her two-year-old son. Read more ...
  • 2012-06-02 11:54
    On Sunday 3 June, the Organization of American States (OAS) will convene in Cochabamba, Bolivia, for the 42nd annual meeting of its General Assembly. One matter on the three-day summit’s agenda is a decision with the potential to strike at the heart of an institution that has been the central edifice of journalistic freedom for more than a decade in the Americas: the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, of the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights. Read more ...
  • 2012-05-18 17:22
    On Monday, April 23rd, at 11:30 pm, yet another journalist was murdered in Brazil. Décio Sá was shot six times in a bar in the city of São Luís, capital of the northern state of Maranhão. The 42 year-old and was a reporter for the newspaper O Estado do Maranhão. Décio was the fourth news professional murdered in the country in 2012. Read more ...
  • 2012-05-07 12:25
    (IFEX-TMG) - 3 May 2012 - Members of the IFEX-TMG gathered in Tunis for World Press Freedom Day to mark the launch of four new initiatives to support Tunisian rights to freedom of expression, which remains under threat despite the gains of the past year. Read more ...
  • 2012-05-02 16:43
    La Asociación Mundial de Periódicos y Editores de Noticias (WAN-IFRA) y el Foro Mundial de Editores (WEF), manifestaron en una carta dirigida al Presidente mexicano Felipe Calderón su “profunda inquietud” ante el asesinato de la periodista Regina Martínez, ocurrido el 28 de abril 2012, en la ciudad de Xalapa, Veracruz. Read more ...
  • 2012-05-02 15:59
    To mark 3 May World Press Freedom Day, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Tawakkol Karman spoke exclusively to WAN-IFRA about the importance of a free press in the Arab world. Read more ...

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