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Five Journalists Murdered in 2022: World’s Press Demands Action in Mexico

2022-02-16. The World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum have expressed outrage at the mounting death toll of journalists in Mexico following the February 10th murder in Oaxaca state of Heber López Vázquez. Mr. López Vázquez, director of RCP Noticias online, is the fifth journalist to have been murdered in 2022.

Joint statement by the Media Freedom Coalition – Consultative Network: More must be done to defend journalists and media freedom

2022-02-10. The Media Freedom Coalition – Consultative Network, a group of 22 organizations representing civil society, press freedom and media development groups and journalists worldwide, calls on the Media Freedom Coalition to take stronger and more concrete actions to defend media freedom and the safety of journalists worldwide.

World’s Press Urges Polish President to Veto Media Bill

2021-12-21. WAN-IFRA and the World Editors Forum are alarmed at the passing of a controversial media bill in Poland, which if signed into law, will have the effect of silencing critical media.

Zimbabwe Media Freedom Committee Takes Root

2021-12-17. The Zimbabwe MFC proposes to emphasize the importance of building extensive networks and alliances while continuing capacity building, information sharing with peers, advocacy benchmarks, connecting with community newspapers and global engagement alike.

Podcast: Investigative journalism in Africa: A necessary expense

2021-12-15. Join us for the latest episode of The Backstory Media Freedom podcast as we explore how investigative journalism across Africa gets done – from new financing models to journalist safety, we examine the relationship between legacy media and new investigative platforms, and explore how journalists are managing the stresses of the job and avoiding burnout.

World’s Press Alarmed by Chilling Effect on Danish Press Freedom

2021-12-14. WAN-IFRA and the World Editors Forum have condemned moves by Danish intelligence services to warn the country’s top media against publishing potentially classified information.

A Nobel for Journalists

2021-12-09. Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov received the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo, recognising their struggle for press freedom, and the efforts of journalists all over the world who hold the line. Javier Garza Ramos looks at the signficicance.

2021 Golden Pen of Freedom laureate Jimmy Lai – biography

2021-12-01. Jimmy Lai and the staff of Apple Daily Hong Kong have faced harassment, arrest and prison time in their quest for press freedom. They’re this year’s winners of the WAN-IFRA Golden Pen of Freedom award.

Golden Pen of Freedom Awarded to Jimmy Lai and the Apple Daily Newsroom in Hong Kong

2021-12-01. Jailed media tycoon Jimmy Lai and the newsroom staff of his now shuttered Hong Kong newspaper, Apple Daily, have been named as recipients of the 2021 WAN-IFRA Golden Pen of Freedom award

Finland: Three journalists prosecuted for ‘disclosing state secrets’

2021-11-16. The journalists working for Helsingin Sanomat, Finland’s leading daily newspaper, were charged over an article about an intelligence facility.