UNESCO: Killings of journalists up 50% in 2022, half targeted off duty

2023-01-18. Eighty-six journalists and media workers were killed around the world in 2022 – one every four days, according to UNESCO data – highlighting the grave risks and vulnerabilities that journalists face in the course of their work.

Rappler and Maria Ressa acquitted of tax evasion

2023-01-18. Charged with four counts of “alleged wilful and unlawful failure to supply correct and accurate information” in relation to investments and tax filings dating from 2015, Rappler and Maria Ressa were finally acquitted on Wednesday in a verdict handed down by the Philippine Court of Tax Appeals.

A Pact Against Disinformation

2023-01-10. The attack against Brazilian democracy that the world witnessed on Sunday, 8 January, when a horde of fanatics invaded and plundered the headquarters of the three powers in Brasília was not an event sprouted by spontaneous generation. The thousands of rioters who marched into the heart of Brazilian democracy with the intention of strangling it represent the tip of a phenomenon of global extension that threatens the very stability of the planet, writes Marcelo Rech.

The turning point for a Russian journalist

23-01-06. A Russian journalist writes frankly about reporting on the war in Ukraine and the moment, while abroad, they learnt they could not return home. At least 500 journalists are estimated to have fled Russia since Putin’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February.  Amidst a climate of intimidation, censorship, blocking and outright banning, most independent media outlets have relocated abroad.

Fighting SLAPPS: Speaking Out, Solidarity, and Profiling Claimants

2023-01-06. For many journalists, getting sued is a nerve-wracking and frightening experience. The bullying tactics used by claimant lawyers are designed to silence them, including about the fact that they are under threat. A new report by the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) offers suggestions on how to fight intimidatory lawsuits.

WAN-IFRA Media Freedom Spotlight 2022

2022-12-22. Collaboration and solidarity in action are vital to overcoming the many challenges ahead. In the past twelve months, the incredible support received from WAN-IFRA members and partners shows the unprecedented capacity of this industry to work together to sustain free independent media.

World’s press concerned for journalist safety as protests continue in China

2022-11-29. Following the assault and detention of a BBC journalist covering protests in Shanghai, journalist safety and the right to report unhindered remain of deep concern.

World’s press condemns harassment of Danish journalists in Qatar, calls on FIFA to guarantee journalist safety

2022-11-16. Journalist interrupted live on air as Qatari security official orders the crew to stop filming, threatening to break equipment.

Facing Jail, World’s Press Calls for Charges Against Maria Ressa and Rappler to be Dropped

2022-10-13. WAN-IFRA and the World Editors Forum urge President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to show his stated commitment to press freedom by ending the Philippine state’s legal pursuit of Maria Ressa and her news outlet Rappler.

Golden Pen of Freedom Awarded to Gazeta Wyborcza and the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation

2022-09-28. The 2022 Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has been awarded to Gazeta Wyborcza and the Gazeta Wyborcza Foundation in Poland.