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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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  • 2016-06-02 16:07
    WAN-IFRA and global freedom of expression organizations have submitted a joint written statement to the Human Rights Council highlighting the deterioration of the human rights situation in Turkey. Read the full submission here. Read more ...
  • 2016-05-24 10:14
    WAN-IFRA remains committed to promoting media freedoms in the Middle East and North Africa, which has led to the launch of two recent initiatives in the MENA region – the Strengthening Media and Society programme and Women in News: Gender and Media Freedom programme. Read more ...
  • 2016-05-19 16:44
    Helje Solberg began working at VG, Norway’s largest daily, in 1994 as a political reporter, before holding positions such as Editorial Department Manager, Sub Manager, Managing Editor and Executive Managing Editor. Now, Solberg is the CEO/Editor VGTV and has received such recognition for her work as the SKUP Award for Investigative Journalism in 1995 and the Norwegian Grand Prize for Journalism in 1996. In addition to her work on the board of the Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association and as a member of the Oslo Editor Association, Solberg is also an active member of WAN-IFRA’s Media Freedom Brain Trust. WAN-IFRA caught up with Solberg to learn more about her participation in this important program. Read more ...
  • 2016-05-19 16:08
    WAN-IFRA partners from four regions came together in Helsinki, Finland from May 2-4 for the inaugural Media Freedom Committee meeting as well as to celebrate World Press Freedom Day in conjunction with UNESCO’s global conference. There, participants shared experiences and discussed the challenges facing journalists in their respective countries. Read more ...
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  • 2016-03-31 12:52
    “Curbing Media, Crippling Debate: Soft Censorship in Bulgaria” outlines how the independence and pluralism of Bulgaria’s media has steadily eroded over the past decade. Read more ...
  • 2016-03-24 19:10
    Leading international free expression and press freedom groups, including WAN-IFRA, condemn politically motivated trial. Read more ...

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Nicole Leiß


2016-08-24 19:30


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  • Media Freedom Committees are positioned across the globe to assist WAN-IFRA's partners in fighting challenges to press freedom and help place the media at the heart of society.
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