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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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  • 2012-04-27 18:40
    Journalists and media executives must join forces to fight the current threats facing the press throughout Latin America, speakers urged an annual gathering of Latin American publishers organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Read more ...
  • 2012-04-23 17:22
    The International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG), a coalition of 21 IFEX members in which WAN-IFRA is an active partner, is alarmed by ongoing attacks targeting journalists, artists, performers and women for the "crime" of freely expressing their opinion as well as by the Tunisian security forces' alleged inaction during most of these instances in the past year. Furthermore, the IFEX-TMG condemns the use of force by police or other parties against journalists covering demonstrations, as well as long sentences for Facebook users on religious morality charges. Read more ...
  • 2012-04-13 15:15
    There’s plenty of bad news available about the Chinese press. Rated as the sixth lowest-performing country on Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index, China is famous for targeting journalists, bloggers and social media users who write about subjects that its leaders would rather were kept quiet. Recent restrictions imposed on microblogging services owned by Sina Corp. and Tencent Holdings Ltd and general attempts by the authorities to restrict online conversation about disgraced Communist party leader Bo Xilai are just the latest examples. Read more ...
  • 2012-04-03 11:46
    An International Media in Danger workshop that brought together journalists working in dangerous situations around the world has concluded that effective government action, solidarity within the media and ethical coverage are the keys to confronting violence and impunity. Read more ...
  • 2012-03-29 17:53
    Resources that examine freedom of expression in Ukraine. Read more ...
  • 2012-03-27 11:54
    The current state of freedom of expression in Azerbaijan is alarming, as the cycle of violence against journalists and impunity for their attackers continues; journalists, bloggers, human rights defenders and political and civic activists face increasing pressure, harassment and interference from the authorities; and many who express opinions critical of the authorities – whether through traditional media, online, or by taking to the streets in protest – find themselves imprisoned or otherwise targeted in retaliation. Read more ...
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  • 2012-03-01 14:00
    The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers has called on Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to end violence and intimidation against media professionals and take strong measures to end impunity in Pakistan, the world’s most dangerous country for journalists. Read more ...
  • 2012-02-29 12:50
    The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum have welcomed Ecuador President Rafael Correa’s decision to pardon the executives and former opinion editor of the El Universo newspaper, but said the charges and conviction should never have occurred in the first place. Read more ...
  • 2012-02-06 15:51
    As part of its campaign for free expression, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG) and its Tunisian partners met on 24 January with elected members of the National Constituent Assembly representing seven different political groups. Read more ...

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Nicole Leiß


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