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August 5, 2009

Newspaper run entirely by 'low-caste', rural women in Uttar Pradesh wins UNESCO literacy award

It was a project doomed to failure: a newspaper written, produced and sold by poor, “low-caste,” rural and barely literate women – in a local language. Now, it has won international recognition through the award of the 2009 UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize. Khabar Lahariya (the name means “News Waves”) was launched in May 2002 and today the 8-page fortnightly newspaper, published in local language Bundeli, is a thriving and respected concern with a readership of over 25,000 in more than 400... MORE
June 26, 2009

As times change, WAN and IFRA merge into single worldwide news publishing organisation

The World Association of Newspapers and IFRA, the leading international associations for print and digital news publishing, have merged into a new organisation, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). The combined new organisation will represent more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3000 companies in more than 120 countries. WAN-IFRA is dedicated “to be the indispensable partner of newspapers and the entire news publishing industry worldwide,... MORE
June 23, 2009

Robert Ménard and staff leave Doha Centre for Media Freedom

Press freedom campaigner Robert Ménard has resigned as director-general of the Doha Centre for Media Freedom, which he had headed since April 2008. Ménard stepped down on June 19 because the Qatari authorities wanted to restrict what Centre said. Other members of the staff have also resigned. “For several months we were an independent voice that condemned violations and had only one concern – the truth,” Ménard said. “We helped more than 250 endangered journalists and media around the world and... MORE
June 8, 2009

Palestinian centre wins award of Press Emblem Campaign (PEC)

The Palestinian Centre for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA) has been awarded by the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) for its role in defending media freedoms in the occupied Palestinian territories. The Geneva-based Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) has announced on June 4 the selection of MADA and the Ambassador of Mexico to the United Nations in Geneva for the first prize. It has confirmed in its statement that the award goes equally between MADA and the Mexican ambassador Luis Alfonso Dalba, for... MORE
May 14, 2009

Tunisia tries to oust head of journalist syndicate

Tunisian government efforts to force out the president of a critical journalists union is part of a campaign to eliminate independent media in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said Wednesday. The campaign started on May 4 when a group of pro-government journalists and followers of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali prevented National Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists (NSTJ) President Neji Bghouri from speaking during a press conference in Tunis, amid threats and insults... MORE
March 27, 2009

Roland Berger Human Dignity Award goes to RSF and Shirin Ebadi

Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) and Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi, a Nobel peace laureate, have been chosen as the winners of this year’s Roland Berger Human Dignity Award. This prize is awarded by the Munich-based Roland Berger Foundation (Roland Berger Stiftung), which was founded in 2008 by Roland Berger, emeritus professor of business administration and management consulting also founder and chairman of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. This is the second year the Foundation... MORE
February 11, 2009

Sports newspapers form global association to promote interests of sports press

Six of the world’s leading newspapers dedicated to sports have come together to form the International Association of Sports Newspapers (IASN), to defend and promote the interests and freedom of the sports press. The founding members of the IASN are the Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport , El Mundo Deportivo and Marca in Spain, L’Equipe in France, Olé in Argentina, and Lance in Brazil. Santi Nolla, the Editor of El Mundo Deportivo , was appointed the first President of the Association... MORE
February 11, 2009

WAN reschedules World Newspaper Congress in Hyderabad for November-December

The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) has confirmed the new dates for its World Newspaper Congress, World Editors Forum and Info Services Expo, the global meetings of the world’s press, which will now be held in Hyderabad, from November 30 to December 2, 2009. WAN announced last month that the events, originally scheduled for March, would be postponed until later in the year due to the impact of the global financial downturn on travel and conference budgets at newspaper companies. “Our... MORE
January 20, 2009

Economic downturn forces WAN to postpone Hyderabad World Newspaper Congress

The economic downturn has forced the postponement of the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) annual congress and forum, the largest annual international gathering of newspaper executives and editors, has reported. This year's annual conference for WAN and its related organisation, the World Editors Forum (WEF), was scheduled to take place March 22-25 in Hyderabad. WAN/WEF hopes to reschedule the 62nd World Newspaper Congress and 16th World Editors Forum for late November... MORE
December 21, 2008

Newspaper editors association in US to take 'paper' out of its name, online editors get entry

The American Society of Newspaper Editors is planning to remove "paper" from its name and expand its membership to include editors of online-only news websites and journalism educators. The society’s board of directors unanimously recommended these and other changes that will be considered by ASNE members at a meeting during the group’s convention in Chicago next April, ASNE President Charlotte Hall has members in a email. The new name would be the American Society of News Editors. The logo... MORE