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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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  • 2011-06-13 10:53
    The International Freedom of Expression Exchange Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG), a coalition of 21 IFEX members including WAN-IFRA, is alarmed by the arrest and the charges facing outspoken policeman Samir Feriani, and what seems to be the resurgence of Internet censorship. Read more ...
  • 2011-05-19 14:39
    Decades of government-imposed restrictions on freedom of speech and freedom of media through censorship, imprisonments, and pressure on media outlets and journalists have left the Tunisian media landscape in urgent need of reform, with the promotion of freedom of expression as a founding cornerstone, say members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG), a coalition of 20 IFEX members. Read more ...
  • 2011-04-22 09:41
    The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) together with the World Editors Forum have condemned the deteriorating situation for press freedom in Ecuador, calling on President Rafael Correa to put an end to any form of state intimidation against the media. Read more ...
  • 2011-04-16 11:25
    (February 2011) In its seventh formal mission to Tunisia, and the second visit since deposed President Zine El Abedine Ben Ali fled the country on 14 January, a delegation from the International Freedom of Expression Exchange Tunisia Monitoring Group (IFEX-TMG), of which WAN-IFRA is an active member, spent over a week meeting a wide range of old and new stakeholders as part of the ongoing assessment of the state of freedom of expression in the country. IFEX-TMG is a coalition of 20 IFEX members who have been monitoring the freedom of expression situation in Tunisia since 2004. Read more ...
  • 2011-04-11 10:47
    The World Association of Newspapers and Newspapers (WAN-IFRA) has called on governments across the Middle East and North Africa to seize a historic opportunity "to recognise and support the essential role a free and independent press must play in the democratisation process." Read more ...
  • 3 May World Press Freedom Day
    2011-04-05 23:00
    What do the Nobel Committee, Google, a Tunisian novelist and a Mexican journalist on the front lines of a drug war all have in common? They all have contributed to a package of editorials, essays and other materials being offered to newspapers world-wide to commemorate World Press Freedom Day on 3 May. Read more ...
  • 2011-04-04 10:50
    The Yemeni parliament voted on 23 March to implement a 30-day state of emergency, a move that grants significant extra powers to President 'Ali 'Abdullah Saleh's regime to continue its already brutal crackdown against anti-government protesters. The implications for journalists covering the demonstrations are unclear, and their ability to move around freely and safely cannot be guaranteed. In a letter to the President, WAN-IFRA urged free expression organisations to condemn the attacks on journalists and express their serious concern for the state of press freedom and free expression. Read more ...
  • 2011-03-14 18:45
    During the panel entitled ‘Press Freedom in Latin America – One Continent, Multiple Challenges’, participants to the WAN-IFRA América Latina Conference heard how censorship, physical attacks and murders, economic pressure and other measures afflict the independent press and limit its development. Read more ...
  • Samsarat Alnahas Bab al-yemen
    2011-03-11 11:19
    A thousand kilometres separate Yemen's capital Sana’a from the oil-rich modern Saudi metropolis Riyadh, but in economic terms the two states are worlds apart. While the petrodollar has made the Saudi Kingdom one of the world’s richest countries, its poor southern relation has seen its resources frittered away through internal conflict, corruption and political deceit. Perhaps no other country better illustrates why the region is exploding. Read more ...
  • 2011-03-10 13:25
    WAN-IFRA has joined a call to the UN Human Rights Council to reject "defamation" and "denigration" of religions, which has been endorsed by over 100 freedom of expression organisations throughout the world. Read more ...

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