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Malawi Media Freedom Committee officially launched

2021-10-19. The launch of the Malawi Media Freedom Committee (MFC) underlines the importance of a free press in holding power to account.

IACHR finds Colombia responsible in Jineth Bedoya case

2021-10-19. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) has ruled the Colombian state responsible for the abduction, rape, and torture of journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima in 2000, ordering the Colombian government to investigate, prosecute and punish those responsible

Blasting News joins WAN IFRA Afghan Journalist Appeal

2021-10-19. Blasting News will fund a dedicated vertical channel with articles written by resettled Afghan journalists.

Golden Pen of Freedom laureates Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov awarded Nobel Peace Prize

2021-10-08. “Free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda. Without freedom of expression and freedom of the press, it will be difficult to successfully promote fraternity between nations, disarmament and a better world order to succeed in our time.” Nobel committee chair, Berit Reiss-Andersen.

Podcast: Where is the money? Financing African media

2021-10-08. Join us for the latest episode of The Backstory Media Freedom podcast as we explore how African media companies are finding innovative ways of coping – and thriving – in the midst of huge economic uncertainty.

World’s press, book publishers and journalists condemn Pakistan plan for strict control over media

2021-10-06. WAN-IFRA, the International Publishers Association (IPA), and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) call on Pakistani authorities to retract plans to establish the ‘Pakistan Media Development Authority’ (PMDA) that risks placing strict state control over all media.

Teachers honored in the front-line quest to help students understand the ‘why’ of press freedom

2021-09-15. Educators in Bolivia, the United States and Nigeria have won Global Youth & News Media Prizes for excellence in teaching their students about why societies need good journalism and about the range of threats journalists confront.

‘Journalists at the border’ campaign

2021-09-14. Thirty Polish media have today launched a ‘Journalists at the border’ campaign in response to a state of emergency which restricts journalists from accessing the length of the Polish-Belarusian border – here is their statement.

Afghan Journalist Appeal

2021-08-30. Many of our members have been in touch to ask how they can support Afghan colleagues and contribute to the ongoing, desperate efforts to evacuate journalists and their families. You can help by hosting Afghan journalists in your newsroom; contributing funds to support media professionals and their families.

Afghanistan: A worsening situation for journalists

2021-08-27. The world has watched in shock and growing disbelief at the rapidity of events over the past two weeks that have seen Afghanistan once more ruled by the Taliban. Journalists and media workers have been regular targets over the past 20 years of conflict, and for those who remain in Afghanistan, safety is of deepening concern.