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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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  • 2018-06-26 15:40
    When journalists meet, there is bound to be a lot of talk on current affairs and powerful stories of the week, sharing of lighthearted stories, humour and lots of laughter. There will be arguments on matters of national interest and, of course, talk about experiences in their line of duty. Read more ...
  • 2018-06-25 10:09
    Media managers from around the globe met for a press freedom roundtable to cap off the World News Media Congress in Estoril, Portugal on 8 June. There, journalists addressed the accomplishments they’ve achieved and what still needs to be done to maintain free and independent media. Read more ...
  • 2018-05-31 17:23
    The Board of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), meeting in Estoril, Cascais, Portugal on 6th June 2017, on the occasion of the 70th World News Media Congress, has called on the government of President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines to cease its attacks on online news site, Rappler, and to do more to discourage supporters from threatening the safety and security of its journalists, both online and off. Read more ...
  • 2018-05-31 16:36
    The Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has been awarded to Maria Ressa, Co-founder, CEO and Executive Editor of online news site, Rappler. Read more ...
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  • 2018-05-31 13:58
    Journalist and author Maria Ressa describes herself on Twitter as a cynic, a pragmatist and an idealist. In the face of attacks against her and her publication, Rappler, the idealism and optimism that Ressa continues to exude has carried her through her professional challenges to make her an inspiration for journalists in the Philippines, and around the world. Read more ...
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  • 2018-05-31 10:03
    Journalists and news organisations today are seeing a shift in the use of social media, from engagement to propaganda and the spreading of misinformation, or so-called fake news. Facebook and other tech platforms are increasingly under pressure to change how they present information and sort truth from lies. But journalists themselves are also coming up with solutions. This episode looks at their fight to control the narrative of a given story. It’s a fight against propagandists, whether governments or online activists. Read more ...
  • 2018-05-29 13:20
    As the effects of the #MeToo campaign continue to be felt across the globe, the media is increasingly aware of the steps it must take to stamp out sexual harassment on the job. WAN-IFRA and Women in News recently published a handbook for media companies to address this pervasive issue. Read more ...
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Nicole Leiß


2016-08-24 19:30


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  • Media Freedom Committees are positioned across the globe to assist WAN-IFRA's partners in fighting challenges to press freedom and help place the media at the heart of society.
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