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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 27, 2009

Newspaper circulation is growing despite downturn: World Association of Newspapers

Despite the global financial crisis, newspaper circulation grew 1.3 per cent worldwide in 2008, the President of the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) said Wednesday in a speech that contradicted “misleading” reports predicting the imminent death of newspapers. “The simple fact is that, as a global industry, our printed audience continues to grow,” said Gavin O’Reilly, WAN President and CEO of Independent News and Media. “But you might say that this growth is taking place in the developing... MORE
May 26, 2009

Film on Balibo Five journalists to be showcased at IPI World Congress in Helsinki

Balibo , a powerful film that tells of the events surrounding the brutal killing of five journalists by Indonesian soldiers in East Timor in 1975, will be showcased at the upcoming IPI World Congress in Helsinki. The political thriller is told through the eyes of Roger East (played by Emmy Award-winning actor Anthony LaPaglia), an Australian who went to East Timor to investigate the earlier killings of five fellow journalists and was himself murdered in East Timor. Exclusive footage of the film... MORE
May 19, 2009

IWMF announces winners of 2009 Courage Awards

A Belarusian journalist who is frequently detained and subjected to all-night interrogations by police, a Cameroonian radio journalist whose broadcasts on human rights and press freedom have put her life at risk and an Iranian journalist whose reports about sensitive social and political issues have led to multiple arrests are recipients of this year’s International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Awards. “These remarkable journalists have chosen to report the news in three... MORE
May 1, 2009

CPJ's 10 worst countries to be a blogger in; Myanmar is worst

With a military government that severely restricts Internet access and imprisons people for years for posting critical material, Burma is the worst place in the world to be a blogger, the Committee to Protect Journalists says in a new report. CPJ’s “10 Worst Countries to be a Blogger” also identifies a number of countries in the Middle East and Asia where Internet penetration has blossomed and government repression has grown in response. “Bloggers are at the vanguard of the information... 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
March 25, 2009

Journalists are killed, killers get away scot-free, India remains one of the worst of the lot

The already murderous conditions for the press in Sri Lanka and Pakistan deteriorated further in the past year, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has found in its newly updated Impunity Index, a list of countries where journalists are killed regularly and governments fail to solve the crimes. Colombia, historically one of the world’s deadliest nations for the press, improved as the rate of murders declined and prosecutors won important recent convictions. “We’re distressed to see... 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
February 10, 2009

Asia eclipses Middle East in violence against journalists, according to IPI's 2008 review

Asia replaced the Middle-East as the deadliest region for journalists last year, with 26 reporters, photographers and editors losing their lives in retaliation for their work or in civil conflicts, according to the International Press Institute's annual World Press Freedom Review. Though more journalists were killed in Iraq than in any other country in 2008 for the sixth year in a row, Pakistan became the second deadliest place for journalists as chaos gripped the country's politics and... MORE

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