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March 23, 2011

IFJ appoints Elisabeth Costa from Brazil as new General Secretary

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) this weekend formally endorsed the appointment of Brazilian journalist and union activist Elisabeth Costa as the new General Secretary to replace Aidan White who is standing down at the end of this month after 24 years in the post. Elisabeth Costa is a veteran campaigner for union rights and press freedom in Latin America and has been a leading force for international solidarity in the Brazilian Federation of Journalists' Associations (FENAJ)... MORE
March 18, 2011

Key World Editors Forum board members resign, launch Global Editors Network

Key board members of the World Editors Forum (WEF) have resigned their posts and re-grouped to form a new international network for editors from all mediums in response to the rapid acceleration of media convergence. The Global Editors Network (GEN), to be headed by former WEF president Xavier Vidal-Folch, deputy director of the Spanish daily newspaper El Pais , will be launched on March 23. Both Vidal-Folch and former vice-president Harald Stanghelle, political editor of the Norway’s... MORE
January 27, 2011

Al-Jazeera launches new unit to support future leaks

Al-Jazeera has launched a new Transparency Unit website parallelly to the release of almost 1,700 leaked documents relating to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, according to . The new platform enables the public to submit content to the broadcaster such as documents, photos, audio and video clips, and story tip-offs, to be reviewed by its editorial team for potential coverage. The site also currently houses a database of the Palestine Papers, which can be searched by key... MORE
January 19, 2011

International campaign in support of independent North Korean media

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has launched an ad campaign in support of independent media that provide North Koreans with news and information. A campaign graphic with the image of a crumpled photo of Kim Jong-il is being carried by the Korean news portal . It will be visible for the next two weeks to millions of Korean Internet users. Recent developments in the Korean peninsula have shown the urgency of making freely-reported news and... MORE
December 14, 2010

UNESCO and Al Jazeera to promote freedom of expression in the Arab world

UNESCO and Al-Jazeera Satellite Network have signed an agreement to promote freedom of expression and access to information in the Arab world. UNESCO’s Director-General Irina Bokova and Al-Jazeera’s Director-General, Wadah Khanfar, signed the Memorandum of Understanding in Doha (Qatar) during Bokova’s official visit to the country. “This agreement advances a new kind of partnership UNESCO is establishing with media organisations,” said Bokova. “The UN charter proclaims the promotion of respect... MORE
November 30, 2010

OSCE must put Kazakh press freedom on summit agenda

Heads of state and high-ranking officials representing 55 participating states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) must urge the current OSCE chair, Kazakhstan, to make good on its press freedom commitments when they meet in Astana for a regional summit this week, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said today. CPJ has repeatedly asked the OSCE to ensure that Kazakhstan's poor press freedom record is placed high on the December 1-2 summit's agenda. "The... MORE
September 21, 2010

IPI Executive Board changes announced

In a constitutional board meeting on Monday, following IPI’s 59th General Assembly, IPI’s Executive Board reconstituted itself, appointing as new Chairman Prof Carl-Eugen Eberle, Director of Legal Affairs, ZDF German Television, Germany. Prof Eberle takes over from former IPI Chairman Janne Virkkunen, Editor-in-Chief, Helsingin Sanomat , Finland, who had held the position since June 2008. The newly constituted IPI Executive Board also includes two new vice-chairpersons: Galina Sidarova, editor-... MORE
September 11, 2010

US journalism groups team up on global reporting

Two journalism organisations in the US are joining forces to promote stronger international news coverage. The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University said Tuesday that it is forming a partnership with the Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting to support international reporting initiatives. The collaboration will include a special focus on global health coverage. Journalists from the Washington, DC-based Pulitzer Centre will also come to Harvard to discuss underreported... MORE
July 22, 2010

New IFJ action to strengthen media freedom in Pacific region

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has launched a new project in the Pacific designed to strengthen the role of media workers and press freedom advocates in defending and promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms in the region. Media for Democracy and Human Rights in the Pacific, which is supported by the European Union and UNESCO, aims to bring together an enduring coalition of organisations and individuals who will jointly promote and defend rights related to freedom of... MORE
May 11, 2010

World Newspaper Congress called off, World Editors Forum postponed

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has been forced to call off the World Newspaper Congress and postpone the World Editors Forum, planned for Beirut from June 7 to 10, due to the failure of the Lebanese host organisation to meet its financial commitments. "It is with immense disappointment that we are forced to call off our events in Beirut, but it was simply impossible to go ahead without the commitment of our Lebanese colleagues, who were responsible for... MORE