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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
April 20, 2010

CPJ releases its 2010 Impunity Index: Iraq and Somalia are at the top of the list

Twelve countries where journalists are regularly killed and governments fail to investigate the crimes and seek out perpetrators are being highlighted in CPJ's 2010 Impunity Index. The compilation was released this week to coincide with an international summit on impunity being held in New York City where press freedom advocates and journalists are gathering to discuss strategies to end violence against the press. In creating the index, CPJ looked at murders of journalists worldwide from 2000... MORE
December 17, 2009

Imprisoned Iranian journalist awarded Golden Pen of Freedom

Ahmad Zeid-Abadi, an Iranian journalist and political analyst who was imprisoned following Iran’s disputed presidential election in June, has been awarded the 2010 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom prize of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Zeid-Abadi is known for an open letter he wrote from prison in 2000 protesting the judiciary’s treatment of imprisoned journalists. The letter was widely distributed despite attempts by authorities to suppress... MORE
December 10, 2009

Iraqi journalist wins Gebran Tueni Award

Asos Hardi, the Editor-in-Chief and founder of the Awene newspaper in Iraqi Kurdistan, has been awarded the 2009 Gebran Tueni Award, the annual prize of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) that honours an editor or publisher from the Arab region. Hardi, who has gained a reputation as a newspaperman with exceptional leadership skills and high professional standards in a country where the media face great difficulties, will receive the award in a ceremony in Beirut... MORE
December 3, 2009

Press freedom prize awarded to Israeli reporter and Chechen magazine

The 2009 Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) - Fnac Press Freedom Prize was awarded Tuesday to Israeli newspaper reporter Amira Hass and Chechen quarterly Dosh at a ceremony hosted by journalist Bernard de La Villardière at the Espace Fondation EDF in Paris. “In a world dominated by lies that are organised and manipulated, the RSF - Fnac Prize winners deserve our recognition and solidarity not only because they seek the truth, sometimes at risk to their lives, but also and above all because they... MORE
December 3, 2009

Gavin O’Reilly elected President of WAN-IFRA

Gavin O’Reilly, the Chief Executive Officer of Ireland-based Independent News & Media PLC, has been elected the first President of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), the organisation created by the July merger of the World Association of Newspapers and IFRA, the research and service organisation for the news publishing industry. O’Reilly, 42, who had been President of WAN until the merger, was elected President of the new organisation at its first Annual... MORE
December 1, 2009

Pakistan editor receives WAN-IFRA Golden Pen of Freedom

Najam Sethi, the former Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Times in Pakistan, has been awarded the 2009 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom prize of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). In accepting the Golden Pen, Sethi said the award "reflects the fierce commitment and courage of South Asia’s free media to the perennial quest for reporting the truth and analyzing it without fear or favour." Sethi, known as an advocate of liberal and secular ideas in a... MORE
November 25, 2009

Maguindanao death toll worst for press in recent history

A brutal election-related massacre in the Philippine province of Maguindanao on Monday appears to be single deadliest event for the press since 1992, when the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) began keeping detailed records on journalist deaths. The New York Times and the Associated Press (AP) reported Wednesday that at least 18 of the victims have been preliminarily identified as journalists. The overall death toll rose to 57, news reports said. Searchers were still... MORE
October 23, 2009

New website for International Association of Sports Newspapers (IASN)

The International Association of Sports Newspapers (IASN) has launched a new website, , to highlight its work in the promotion of the interests and freedom of the sports press. The website, conceived for media executives, sponsors, and the sports press audience at large, highlights the role of the Association in the international sport community and illustrates, through IASN’s mission, the major areas of concern in the sector. "We will continue to enhance our website adding... MORE
October 21, 2009

Sweden and WAN-IFRA announce strategic partnership

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) Wednesday announced an ambitious strategic partnership to advance media development and press freedom worldwide. The agreement, which represents Sida’s first major partnership with a private sector organisation, will take advantage of WAN-IFRA’s unique position, knowledge and expertise as the global association of the world’s news publishing industry, in the... MORE