The King of Spain to attend the World News Media Congress in Zaragoza

2022-09-23. His Majesty, King Felipe VI of Spain, will attend WAN-IFRA’s World News Media Congress in Zaragoza on Wednesday, September 28. The King will deliver a speech during the Golden Pen of Freedom 2022 ceremony, when WAN-IFRA’s highest honour is awarded to an individual, a group or an institution to recognise an outstanding action, in writing or deed in the cause of press freedom.

by Vincent Peyrègne | September 23, 2022

The annual Congress, which draws together the world’s press, is organised by WAN-IFRA (the World Association of News Publishers), whose objective is to protect the rights of journalists and publishers around the world to operate independent media. 

The King and Queen of Spain, Felipe and Letizia, are Honorary Presidents of this event, bringing together more than 1,000 publishers, journalists and industry executives from 75 countries and six continents. 

Over three days, more than 100 speakers from leading news organisations will reflect on the journalistic industry, its strategies and the solutions adopted to make the media sustainable. The program includes dozens of round tables and three outstanding fora such as the World Summit of Media Leaders, the World Editors Summit and the Women in News Summit. 

The CEO of WAN-IFRA, Vincent Peyrègne, said this Congress comes at a critical moment. “As we face unprecedented challenges, solidarity and support are needed to defend press freedom and to ensure independent journalism and the media can continue to play their key role in society“. 

For the President of WAN-IFRA and President of Henneo, Fernando de Yarza López-Madrazo, hosting this event in Zaragoza is very significant. “Our intention to organise the Congress in Aragon had to be postponed due to the pandemic. But I am delighted that it is finally back in Zaragoza. With a record attendance of 1000 delegates, it sends a strong message that news publishers worldwide are still on the front line and thrive despite the many challenges. We look to the future with confidence and an optimist outlook and are honoured to be chaired by a strong advocate for a free, independent, diverse and plural media ecosystem, the King of Spain, Felipe VI”, he added.

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Press accreditation for the King’s visit: To cover the King’s visit on Wednesday afternoon as Press, it is necessary for security reasons to be accredited. To request accreditation, send the name and surname, ID or passport, media and role (reporter, photographer, camera operator, etc.) of the individual/s who will cover the event to the following e-mail address:, before 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27. Press accreditation to cover the King’s visit will not be accepted after this deadline.

Accredited Press for the King’s visit will receive communication specifying the appointment time at the Palacio de Congresos de Zaragoza, where the event will be held.


WAN-IFRA (The World Association of News Publishers) is the global organisation of the world’s press, comprising 3,000 news publishers and technology companies and 60 national publishers’ associations representing 18,000 publications in 120 countries. With a mission to protect the rights of journalists and publishers around the world to operate independent media, WAN-IFRA provides its members with expertise and services to innovate and prosper in a digital world and perform their crucial role in society.

The 73rd World News Media Congress (WNMC), taking place 28th-30th September 2022 in Zaragoza, Spain, is organised by WAN-IFRA – the World Association of News Publishers, in collaboration with the Henneo publishing group, the Government of Aragón, and Zaragoza Turismo. WNMC is the leading annual event for media leaders, bringing together 1,000 editors and media executives to discuss challenges and opportunities for the global news media industry. Over three days, the programme includes forums such as the World Media Leaders Summit, the World Editors Forum, the Women in News Summit, and the Golden Pen of Freedom award.

Vincent Peyrègne

Vincent Peyrègne took up duties as Chief Executive Officer of WAN-IFRA in 2012. Prior to joining WAN-IFRA, he was Head of Development at Edipresse in Switzerland (now Tamedia) with responsibility for audience insights, editorial marketing research and product development, before joining the office of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

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