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World’s Press Calls for Immediate, Unconditional Release of Russian Journalist Ivan Safronov

2022-09-06. Sentenced to 22 years in prison simply for doing his job, WAN-IFRA calls on the Russian authorities to drop charges of treason against Ivan Safronov and to stop criminalising the profession.

Climate Reporting Africa website showcases local journalism tackling the world’s biggest issues

2022-07-25. Showcasing African media outlets who are putting climate reporting at the heart of their journalism, WAN-IFRA Media Freedom launches a brand new web-resource that explores the human impact and environmental challenges that have major consequences for local communities across the continent.

Cyber libel conviction upheld against Rappler and Maria Ressa

Golden Pen of Freedom laureate and Nobel peace prize winner Maria Ressa has lost her appeal against a cyber libel conviction that also targeted former Rappler researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr.

Facing criticism for his response to 12 journalist murders, Mexican president lashes out at WAN-IFRA

2022-07-06. Mexican president dismisses concerns over recent spate of journalist murders and denounces WAN-IFRA president Fernando de Yarza’s remarks calling for an end to impunity.

World’s press condemns shutdown of news site Rappler

2022-06-29. Business regulator affirms decision to revoke Rappler’s certificates of incorporation in case relating to allegations of a violation of foreign ownership restrictions in the Philippines.

Russian digital newspaper Repost launched by Bonnier News and Amedia

2022-06-27. Repost is a new independent digital newspaper in Russian, launched last week and supported via a non-profit foundation by Amedia in Norway and Bonnier News in Sweden.

Uganda Media Freedom Committee Grants: Reporting on Press Freedom

The Media Freedom Committee in Uganda is providing grants to fund reporting projects focusing on solutions that address the press freedom challenges in Uganda.

Podcast – It’s not just tech: innovation in African media

While innovative ideas tend to be tech-focused, the fundamental issue for many African media organisations is not just about technology, it’s also about how the news itself is reported and presented – and especially, how the continent is portrayed, and the narratives around it.

Germany: New report on politically-motivated violence against journalists

2022-06-16. The European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), as part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR), has published the English translation of the 2021 iteration of “Feindbild”, an annual study into politically-motivated violence against journalists in Germany.

Podcast – Reporting on Africa’s dangerous beats

2022-05-24. The latest episode of the Backstory Media Freedom podcast looks at how journalists cover sensitive stories while remaining safe on the job. We talk to reporters who shine a light on environmental issues, politics, and minority communities about their experiences of doing public interest journalism in the face of serious threats.