The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, or WAN-IFRA, is a trade association headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany and Paris, France that serves thousands of publications, online sites, and companies located in over 100 countries.A primary goal of WAN-IFRA is to promote freedom of the press, but it also supports such issues as the “economic independence of newspapers,” which it views as essential to freedom of the press, and the “development of newspaper publishing.”
WAN-IFRA organizes conferences, trainings, seminars and research reports on a wide variety of issues ranging from “strategic and management issues” to “improving print quality” to “increasing advertising and readership.” Two of its most important events are the World Publishing Expo and the World Newspaper Congress.
The 65th World Newspaper Congress will be held on June 5th in Bangkok, Thailand. The World Publishing Expo 2013 will be held in Berlin, Germany from October 7th to October 9th.The non-profit serves in an advisory capacity to UNESCO, the United Nations, and the Council of Europe.Annually, it celebrates courage in promoting freedom of the press by bestowing the Golden Pen of Freedom Award to a journalist or media organization.
WAN-IFRA also keeps count of how many journalists are killed each year while performing their duties. Among its publications are World News Publishing Focus and Asian Newspaper Focus. For more information, go to www.wan-infra.org.
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