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Press Freedom

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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  • 2018-05-31 10:03
    Journalists and news organisations today are seeing a shift in the use of social media, from engagement to propaganda and the spreading of misinformation, or so-called fake news. Facebook and other tech platforms are increasingly under pressure to change how they present information and sort truth from lies. But journalists themselves are also coming up with solutions. This episode looks at their fight to control the narrative of a given story. It’s a fight against propagandists, whether governments or online activists. Read more ...
  • 2018-05-29 13:20
    As the effects of the #MeToo campaign continue to be felt across the globe, the media is increasingly aware of the steps it must take to stamp out sexual harassment on the job. WAN-IFRA and Women in News recently published a handbook for media companies to address this pervasive issue. Read more ...
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  • 2018-05-29 12:59
    More than 50 journalists met in Guayaquil and Quito in early May for workshops focused on how to safely report on organized crime. Since three Ecuadorean journalists were murdered while covering drug trafficking in April, the nation’s media community has been looking for solutions and ways to prevent such tragedies in the future. Read more ...
  • 2018-05-03 19:33
    The financial model of this heritage-rich newspaper is massively endangered: advertising customers are not placing ads, in fear of government reprisals. The association of German publishers is asking for your help. Make a donation towards the survival of one of the last independent Turkish newspapers – and support press freedom. Read more ...
  • 2018-04-30 15:04
    The Turkish President Erdoğan’s habit of confiscating cigarettes and eliciting a promise from the owners to give up famously involved the Bulgarian Foreign Minister in 2016, and inspired the Cumhuriyet columnist Kadri Gürsel’s 'Erdoğan Wants to Become the New Father to Turks'. Last week, Gürsel was sentenced to two years and six months in prison for his comments that included, ‘Turkey only needs a rebellious child like Muhammad Buazizi, who provided the spark that toppled the Tunisian dictator.’ Read more ...
  • 2018-04-30 15:00
    Indonesia is facing a critical moment politically as the archipelago country braces for simultaneous elections across 171 regions next June, culminating in a presidential election in April 2019. Read more ...
  • 2018-04-30 13:59
    Grenades for breakfast; M203s for lunch; and RPGs for dinner. In the words of Mindanao journalists, this is the reality they’ve become accustomed to in their coverage of the southern Philippines region’s many challenges. Read more ...
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Nicole Leiß


2016-08-24 19:30


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