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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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  • 2018-05-29 13:04
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  • 2018-05-29 12:59
    More than 50 journalists met in Guayaquil and Quito in early May for workshops focused on how to safely report on organized crime. Since three Ecuadorean journalists were murdered while covering drug trafficking in April, the nation’s media community has been looking for solutions and ways to prevent such tragedies in the future. Read more ...
  • 2018-05-03 19:33
    The financial model of this heritage-rich newspaper is massively endangered: advertising customers are not placing ads, in fear of government reprisals. The association of German publishers is asking for your help. Make a donation towards the survival of one of the last independent Turkish newspapers – and support press freedom. Read more ...
  • 2018-04-30 15:04
    The Turkish President Erdoğan’s habit of confiscating cigarettes and eliciting a promise from the owners to give up famously involved the Bulgarian Foreign Minister in 2016, and inspired the Cumhuriyet columnist Kadri Gürsel’s 'Erdoğan Wants to Become the New Father to Turks'. Last week, Gürsel was sentenced to two years and six months in prison for his comments that included, ‘Turkey only needs a rebellious child like Muhammad Buazizi, who provided the spark that toppled the Tunisian dictator.’ Read more ...
  • 2018-04-30 15:00
    Indonesia is facing a critical moment politically as the archipelago country braces for simultaneous elections across 171 regions next June, culminating in a presidential election in April 2019. Read more ...
  • 2018-04-30 13:59
    Grenades for breakfast; M203s for lunch; and RPGs for dinner. In the words of Mindanao journalists, this is the reality they’ve become accustomed to in their coverage of the southern Philippines region’s many challenges. Read more ...
  • 2018-03-27 17:27
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  • 2018-03-01 10:50
    How do you run an independent media organisation in a country where the government imposes censorship rules? How do you support a successful media company without folding to pressure from your funders or your sponsors? The internet has exploded traditional media funding models. And yet, in some parts of the world, legacy media - even print! - remain a strong source of independent information. How are these companies surviving? Read more ...
  • 2018-02-14 19:01
    Ethiopian journalist Eskinder Nega, the 2014 WAN-IFRA Golden Pen of Freedom laureate, has reportedly been released from jail after serving seven years of an 18-year sentence as a convicted “terrorist” for challenging the very same laws used to imprison him. 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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