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Finland: Three journalists prosecuted for ‘disclosing state secrets’

2021-11-16. The journalists working for Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s leading daily newspaper, were charged over an article about an intelligence facility.

World’s Press Calls for Immediate Release of Journalist Danny Fenster in Myanmar

*UPDATE* 2021-11-15. American journalist Danny Fenster has been released after being sentenced to 11 years in prison on Friday 12th November. Former US ambassador to the UN Bill Richardson confirms Fenster was released and handed over to him and is now on his way home.

WAN-IFRA Features in the 2021 Paris Peace Forum

2021-11-11. Now in its fourth edition, the Paris Peace Forum gathers some of the most important players in global governance. Heads of state and government and CEOs of major multinationals, as well as civil society actors, are gathering for a unique hybrid edition from 11th – 13th November to advance concrete solutions to the enormous challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, and to improve global governance in times of Covid-19.

#ProtectJournalists, #EndImpunity

2021-11-02. On this International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, there is a new urgency to investigate and prosecute mounting threats, whether online or physical. UNESCO has released campaign materials to help draw attention to the fight for justice.

Malawi Media Freedom Committee officially launched

2021-10-19. The launch of the Malawi Media Freedom Committee (MFC) underlines the importance of a free press in holding power to account.

IACHR finds Colombia responsible in Jineth Bedoya case

2021-10-19. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) has ruled the Colombian state responsible for the abduction, rape, and torture of journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima in 2000, ordering the Colombian government to investigate, prosecute and punish those responsible

Blasting News joins WAN IFRA Afghan Journalist Appeal

2021-10-19. Blasting News will fund a dedicated vertical channel with articles written by resettled Afghan journalists.

Golden Pen of Freedom laureates Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov awarded Nobel Peace Prize

2021-10-08. “Free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda. Without freedom of expression and freedom of the press, it will be difficult to successfully promote fraternity between nations, disarmament and a better world order to succeed in our time.” Nobel committee chair, Berit Reiss-Andersen.

Podcast: Where is the money? Financing African media

2021-10-08. Join us for the latest episode of The Backstory Media Freedom podcast as we explore how African media companies are finding innovative ways of coping – and thriving – in the midst of huge economic uncertainty.

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.