The Russia-Ukraine misinformation war and the role of advertising

In recent Media Policy Briefings with member Associations, WAN-IFRA was able to explore with Newsguard their findings on the spread of false narratives about Ukraine and its allies, and how business is one of the reasons for the overwhelming success of disinformation on the Internet.

Reporting the climate crisis effectively: What journalists need to keep in mind

2021-12-20. COP26 was one one of the hottest topics of 2021 grabbing global news headlines. As the debates around climate change continue to rage, how journalists report on the climate crisis and how newsrooms approach the subject has become more important than ever.

World’s press, book publishers and journalists condemn Pakistan plan for strict control over media

2021-10-06. WAN-IFRA, the International Publishers Association (IPA), and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) call on Pakistani authorities to retract plans to establish the ‘Pakistan Media Development Authority’ (PMDA) that risks placing strict state control over all media.

Australia’s code: who won in the end?

The News Media and Digital Platforms Mandatory Bargaining Code became law in Australia on 2 March. Was there a winner? 

What exactly is section 230, and the position of News Media

How “the twenty-six words that created the Internet” are impacting on the news media business. It all started from the Wolf of Wall Street.

Big tech Congressional hearing paves way for reform of liability shield

On 25 March, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and Sundar Pichai returned (virtually) to the Hill to testify before Congress’ Energy and Commerce Committee about the handling of fake news on their platforms. After more than 6 hours and 40 minutes of questioning, lawmakers seemed to agree that it is time for regulation.

Cookie walls, user consent and the future of monetisation in the media

The future of monetisation for publishing has been turned upside down for several years. The context is likely to be further disturbed following the programmed extinction of third-party cookies, the challenges to first-party data real value, and recommendations on the consent of cookies collection issued by Data Protection Authorities.

Flexing the Muscles of Information Power in Australia

Since July 2020, the global news media industry has been looking at Australia’s draft code, that would force Google and Facebook to pay for news. Now that the code is law, we can look at the Australian experience as a case study to understand how platforms have consolidated their role of gatekeepers over information globally.

Science and journalism: building alliances for future health crises

2020-12-17. Due to the havoc caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the scientific community faces a few common questions from around the world: What’s next? Will another pandemic strike? And if so, how bad would it be?

“All we need is fair competition”

2020-12-07. In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on December 5, 2020, Mathias Döpfner, CEO Axel Springer and president BDZV, shares his views about the relationship between news publishers and platforms. He calls for the rapid and uncompromising implementation of the EU Directive on Publishers’ Rights in Germany.