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WAN-IFRA joins the Independent News Emergency Relief Coordination (INERC) to coordinate help during the pandemic

2020-05-01. The Independent News Emergency Relief Coordination (INERC) is an effort to help assist funders willing and able to provide significant financial support for independent news media. INERC’s ambition is to guide the emergency funding to those independent news media around the world who need relief the most in this challenging situation during the coronavirus crisis. It will help better understand where the need is greatest and coordinate the efforts to make the most significant possible difference in this difficult moment.

WAN-IFRA urges broader consultation for Ukraine’s proposed disinformation bill to avoid risks for freedom of expression

2020-04-09. The proposed Media Bill is a Threat to Freedom of Expression in Ukraine. WAN-IFRA has written to Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, to express concern over a new bill before parliament that would criminalise the dissemination of misinformation and potentially target legitimate news sources.

Racism, misinformation, inclusion: How to ethically cover COVID-19

Three editors on the frontline of covering the COVID-19 pandemic joined Fergus Bell, CEO of fathm, in a WAN-IFRA webinar to share insights into how to improve the quality of coverage and distance journalism from the sea of misinformation.

WAN-IFRA urges Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan to release immediately Mr. Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman, owner, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of the Jang Media Group and Geo TV

2020-04-02. The World Association of News Publishers and the World Editors Forum, which represent 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries, have expressed deep concern at the arrest of Editor-in-Chief of the Jang/Geo Media Group Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and called for his immediate release.

WAN-IFRA President: Quality journalism in troubled times

Fernando de Yarza López-Madrazo, President of the Spanish media house Henneo and the President of WAN-IFRA, contributed this article about the fundamental role of a free press in an uncertain world, which has been widely published by newspapers in Spain.

Quality journalism in troubled times. An open letter by Fernando de Yarza, President WAN-IFRA

2020-03-28. In the span of just a few weeks, the entire world has been plunged into an inconceivable ordeal. A global pandemic has led to an unprecedented collective psychosis. The fear caused by uncertainty about the present and the future amplifies the turmoil. People get sick, and others unfortunately die. Memories of meetings with friends and family remain distant. Confinement multiplies anxiety. The situation seems to be dragging on.

WAN-IFRA Denounces Death Threats Against Slovenian Journalist in Relation to Covid-19 Reporting

Investigative journalist Blaž Zgaga has been targeted by a hate campaign fuelled by the Slovenian government on social networks and in the media since sending an official Freedom of Information Request on the COVID-19 pandemic to the authorities in Ljubljana.

WAN-IFRA Denounces Death Threats Against Slovenian Journalist in Relation to Covid-19 Reporting

2020-03-27. Investigative journalist Blaž Zgaga has been targeted by a hate campaign fuelled by the Slovenian government on social networks and in the media since sending an official Freedom of Information Request on the COVID-19 pandemic to the authorities in Ljubljana.

Open letter to President Xi Jinping. The virus thrives on censorship. Free and reliable information is necessary to avoid the worst

2020-03-26. In an open letter to President Xi Jinping, WAN-IFRA and the World Editors Forum urge the Chinese government to reverse its decision to force foreign reporters to leave the country and, more broadly, to ease the growing crackdown on independent news organisations that preceded this action.

Journalists in India Unprotected and Exposed to Violence During Recent Civil Unrest

WAN-IFRA has written to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling for greater protections for journalists in the aftermath of recent civil unrest and following reports of violence targeting journalists reporting from the scene of disturbances.