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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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  • 2013-01-16 14:12
    When Fatemah Farag launched her hyperlocal news company Welad Elbalad Media Services in April 2012, she approached the project foremost as a journalist. With a twenty-year career writing for a host of international and local publications behind her, Farag wanted to give voice to people and regions often overlooked in the traditional media. Read more ...
  • 2012-12-10 12:35
    Renowned Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat, whose satirical drawings targeting corruption and lampooning dictators have been published worldwide, has been awarded the 2012 Gebran Tueni Award, the annual prize of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) that honours an outstanding individual from the news media in the Arab region. Read more ...
  • Media strike poster reads in Arabic “a constitution that terminates rights and r
    2012-12-04 19:15
    In a bold move, a number of Egypt's most prominent independent newspapers are staging a one day media blackout in protest against President Mohamed Morsi’s latest constitutional decree that hands him nearly unrestricted powers, as well as the final draft of the constitution that was adopted last week by an Islamic-led panel. Read more ...
  • 2012-11-29 13:48
    While welcoming moves to implement measures that guarantee media independence, the IFEX Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG), a coalition of 21 IFEX members, calls on the Tunisian government to fully respect freedom of expression in the new Constitution and to put an end to attacks on journalists and artists. Read more ...
  • 2012-11-28 13:59
    A panel discussion hosted by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Pansy Tlakula, revealed how criminal defamation and insult laws are hindering Africa’s press and in turn, the economic and social progress of its people. Read more ...
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  • 2012-11-25 19:22
    Grupo Clarín, the publisher of Argentina’s most widely read daily newspaper and the largest media conglomerate in the country, once enjoyed a favourable relationship with the government. Now, the two are engaged in a public tussle in which each side claims that the other poses a threat to freedom of expression: the administration of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner accuses Clarín of having a monopolistic stranglehold over the country’s media, and the news conglomerate charges the government with striving to stifle dissenting voices. Read more ...
  • 2012-11-22 15:55
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  • 2012-11-16 18:32
    The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the International Press Institute (IPI) and today demanded that Mexican federal and state authorities immediately investigate the murder of a freelance journalist in the central Mexican state of Puebla on Wednesday. Read more ...
  • 2012-11-07 14:04
    Among all the world’s media markets, the size and state of African media are least understood, due to a lack of viable data and research. A new report on media in Kenya, released today by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the African Media Initiative (AMI), is a step toward filling this knowledge gap. Read more ...

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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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