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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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  • 2015-11-13 11:39
    An international delegation of media and freedom of expression organisations, including WAN-IFRA, met with the Indonesian government to discuss the state of media in the country. It highlighted concerns regarding journalist safety and an environment that poses significant threats to freedom of expression after a week-long visit to meet with journalists, civil society and government representatives. Read more ...
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  • 2015-10-29 16:48
    Soft censorship continues to be a major threat to press freedom and the governments of Hungary, Mexico and Serbia appear unwilling to follow recommendations that would guarantee a non-discriminatory allocation of public funds and government advertising across the media. Read more ...
  • 2015-10-29 15:54
    More than 50 leading international media editors have written an open letter to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan raising profound concerns about the deteriorating conditions for press freedom in Turkey in the run up to the elections this weekend. Read more ...
  • 2015-10-27 15:46
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  • 2015-10-27 12:32
    Less than one in ten cases involving the killing of journalists are ever resolved. The near complete impunity for the perpetrators of crimes against journalists goes against everything that we stand for, our shared values, our common objectives, says Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO in a statement ahead of November 2, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. Read more ...
  • 2015-10-27 12:30
    2nd November is the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, a day that draws together efforts to denounce threats to journalists and media freedom worldwide. Join us in denouncing attacks on journalists #endimpunity Read more ...
  • 2015-10-26 12:48
    Zaffar Abbas is the Editor of DAWN newspaper in Pakistan, the oldest and most widely read English-language paper in the country. Zaffar has for many years been passionately engaged in the life of WAN-IFRA, and in particular the World Editors Forum, where he sits as a member of the board and provides advice and assistance on a number of its programmes and initiatives. Read more ...
  • 2015-10-26 12:41
    "Although this day sounds new to most journalists in Zambia, there has been increasing impunity among politicians and those in the government to commit all sorts of crimes against journalists." Read more ...
  • 2015-10-06 14:37
    WAN-IFRA has signed on to the Global Safety Principles and Practices document, drawn up at the beginning of 2015 as a journalist-led response to the dangers faced by freelancers worldwide. We are encouraging our members to sign individually to add their names to the growing list of those endorsing the principles and taking action to keep journalists safe. Read more ...

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Nicole Leiß


2016-08-24 19:30


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