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Global rights groups call for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol

2020-08-13. In a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, civil society defenders of free expression from all over the world call for the immediate release of Shafiqul Islam Kajol and accountability for his mistreatment.

The arrest of Apple Daily’s publisher is an assault against Hong Kong’s citizens’ freedoms

2020-08-10. WAN-IFRA and the World Editors Forum have expressed grave concern over the arrest in Hong Kong on Monday of Jimmy Lai, the founder and publisher of Apple Daily, the continued detention of Hopewell Chin’ono, a Zimbabwean journalist and 2010 Nieman Fellow and the increased jail time for Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein in Egypt.

WAN-IFRA Women in News Leadership Accelerator launches in Vietnam

2020-08-07. WAN-IFRA Women in News (WIN) Leadership Accelerator programme kicks off in Vietnam. The 2-month long (August-September 2020) career training for women journalists and editors will include sessions on career development, media management, and gender balance in content. With COVID-19 changing the way news organizations operate, the programme will help women journalists acquire new skills and build their capacity for more successful careers.

GNI APAC Subscriptions Lab Launches at WAN-IFRA Asian Media Leaders eSummit

2020-07-30. WAN-IFRA, FTI Consulting and Google announced the launch of the APAC GNI Subscriptions Lab at the WAN-IFRA Asian Media Leaders eSummit. The Lab is an intensive four-month programme to help eight different news publishers from the Asia-Pacific region strengthen digital subscriptions capabilities and grow reader revenue. Interested publishers can apply here until August 7, 2020.

WAN-IFRA announces Taiwan to host the World News Media Congress 2021 and reschedules Zaragoza to 2022

2020-07-28. Due to continued uncertainties and travel constraints around the COVID-19 pandemic, WAN-IFRA is calling off the World News Media Congress, which was initially planned for Zaragoza, Spain, in September 2020. Meanwhile, it has named Taiwan as its venue for the 2021 Congress and rescheduled the 2022 Congress in Zaragoza.

World News Day 2020 sets ambitious global target

2020-06-29. Highlighting journalism’s importance in an age of misinformation, the Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) and the World Editors Forum (WEF) — with support from Google News Initiative — aim to have 100 media supporters from around the world, up from 40 last year, for World News Day 2020. The annual global event is to take place on Monday, September 28.

Suspicion of political interference against independent media in Bulgaria

2020-06-26. WAN-IFRA expresses its concerns over suspicions of political interference in the prosecution of Ivo Prokopiev, owner of the Economia Group in Bulgaria. The haste of the judicial authorities in a court case against Bulgarian media owner and businessman Ivo Prokopiev gives rise to fears of a new instance of political intimidation of the independent Bulgarian press. It sheds light, once again, on the steady erosion of independence and pluralism of Bulgaria’s media over the past fifteen years, and a disturbing lack of scrutiny on media issues from EU’s authorities.

WAN-IFRA’s Programme to support local journalism in Europe set to grow

2020-06-18. WAN-IFRA, the World Association of News Publishers, is launching round two of Table Stakes Europe in partnership with the Google News Initiative. The one-year transformation and coaching programme for regional and local news publishers will welcome twenty-four participating news enterprises, growing from fourteen in the previous edition. The sessions will start in October 2020 and publishers are invited to apply now.

WAN-IFRA Condemns Guilty Verdict for Maria Ressa in Cyber-Libel Trial

2020-06-15. Prominent Filipino journalist Maria Ressa, and WAN-IFRA’s Golden Pen of Freedom laureate, has been found guilty of cyber libel in a case widely condemned as politically motivated. She has 15 days to appeal the decision but risks spending up to six years in prison.

27 women journalists from Egypt complete Women in News’ Media Management Training

13-06-2020. “The training exceeded my expectations. The diversity of trainers and sessions was very beneficial, and it helped us build a lot of capacity, mainly how to be leaders of a newsroom, not only managers,” says Hagar Gamil, Radio El Nil, one of the 27 women journalists from Egypt who completed the WAN-IFRA Women in News Leadership Accelerator Media Management Training this week.