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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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  • 2018-03-27 17:27
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  • 2018-03-21 23:31
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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 ...
  • 2018-02-14 13:18
    Journalists and editors attending WAN-IFRA’s Second annual Women in News Southeast Asia Summit issued a set of recommendations for the media industry to help improve gender balance and safety for women in the industry. Recommendations focused on two overarching themes: concrete steps to increase women’s leadership and voices in the news, and safety and protection for women journalists. Read more ...
  • 2018-01-31 12:51
    Listen and subscribe to The Backstory, A Media Freedom Podcast from WAN-IFRA. Read more ...
  • 2018-01-16 16:04
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  • 2017-12-20 13:42
    Daily Monitor (Uganda) reports that eight Red Pepper editors and senior managers arrested in November - on charges including publication of information prejudicial to security, libel and offensive communication - have been granted bail pending further judicial proceedings. Read more ...
  • 2017-11-02 03:01
    On the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for violence against journalists (2 November 2017), we, as media and publishers, journalists and media professionals and other members of the media community feel it is time to raise our voice and start speaking up about the violence against our profession. Read more ...
  • 2017-11-01 13:01
    "... a unique occasion to reflect upon the tremendous consequences that impunity for attacks against journalists has all around the world." 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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