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.

No crisis can be resolved without accurate and reliable information. Support the 3 May campaign

2020-05-01. WAN-IFRA is supporting UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day campaign in 2020 on the importance of independent journalism during the health crisis. Below are a few useful links to the communication materials for you to support the campaign. The campaign is embargoed until 3 May.

Strong Nordic performance as WAN-IFRA European Digital Media Awards announced

2020-04-23. The winners of the WAN-IFRA European Digital Media Awards were announced on Thursday, 23 April – with 7 out of 9 coming from Denmark, Norway or Sweden. The Coronavirus crisis has made these projects more relevant than ever – not least in the category of Best Paid Content Strategy, as almost all publishers see a sharp rise in digital subscriptions. While Sweden’s Expressen won the judges’ vote, this was the first year we launched a Members’ Choice Awards. In a close battle of live-streamed presentations from the finalists, Gazeta Wyborcza won the popular vote.

Innovation programme for young media talents: first round of participants announced

2020-04-21. Stars4Media has announced the six first projects to participate in its project-driven leadership and training programme for young European media professionals. The one-year programme will support and coach young talents to develop project-based sustainable innovation and encourage cross-border collaboration between European news organisations. The programme is co-funded by the European Union, coordinated by VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), with the support of Fondation EURACTIV, the European Federation of Journalists, and WAN-IFRA.

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.

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.

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

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.

WAN-IFRA launches, a resource desk for news media professionals

2020-03-23. WAN-IFRA has published a dedicated resource site at to share its members’ experiences, best-practice, crucial resources, and the things we are doing to help.