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NUJ: Foreign Secretary must denounce Iranian targeting of BBC journalists

The general secretary of the NUJ, Michelle Stanistreet, has this week written to the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to request he raises the plight of BBC journalists when engaging in talks or visiting his counterparts in Iran.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 15 November 2017 07:28

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Amendments to Data Protection Bill must be rejected, says SoE

The Society of Editors has backed calls for the House of Lords to reject proposed amendments to the Data Protection Bill which it says are little more than attempts to stifle press freedom through the backdoor.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 13 November 2017 07:32

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SoE welcomes press freedom funding

The Society of Editors last week welcomed the announcement of £1 million of funding for press freedom projects around the world.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 08 November 2017 07:01

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Daphne Caruana Galizia – open letter

Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media, and seven other leading editors have written an open letter to the European Commission on the shocking murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 03 November 2017 07:22

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IFJ launches ‘end impunity’ campaign

The International Federation of Journalists' 2017 campaign to end impunity kicked off on 2 November - the UN Day against impunity for crimes targeting journalists.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 03 November 2017 06:42

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Canada strengthens the protection of journalists’ sources

The International Federation of Journalists has welcomed the new Canadian law protecting confidential sources of journalists that was approved on 18 October.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 27 October 2017 07:51

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SoE Condemns Threats of Violence

The Society of Editors yesterday spoke out to condemn the reported threats of violence towards the BBC’s political editor at the Labour Party Conference.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 26 September 2017 07:32

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Freedom of expression targeted with internet crackdown in China

The International Federation of Journalists criticises the latest guidelines from the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) on comment sections of media outlets that were released on August 25, 2017.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 30 August 2017 07:53

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Editor Hits Out At Council Meeting ‘Censorship’

A parish council has been accused of censorship after preventing a Cambridge News reporter from naming councillors who spoke at an emergency meeting.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 25 August 2017 08:03

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Unrelenting crackdown on critical voices in China

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is deeply concerned about the pressure applied by Chinese authorities which forced a prestigious University publication to block online access to more than 300 articles on its website.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 23 August 2017 07:31

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Russia: innocent journalist convicted on charges of extremism

Investigative journalist Alexander Sokolov has been jailed for three and a half years by a Russian court yesterday. Sokolov has been convicted with involvement in a banned extremist group.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 14 August 2017 08:00

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SoE: International pressure needed to guarantee safety of journalists worldwide

More international pressure needs to be put on individual countries to guarantee the safety and rights of journalists to report in the public interest, the Society of Editors has said.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 07 July 2017 08:51

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IFJ slams President Donald Trump over violence against journalists

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) this week strongly condemned the attacks of the President of the United States Donald Trump against US media company CNN, following a video the President published on Twitter.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 04 July 2017 07:03

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NUJ: Kensington council must lift ban on media reporting

Following reports that journalists have been barred from the first meeting of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council’s cabinet since the Grenfell Tower fire, the NUJ condemned the decision to stop media access and called on the council to change its approach.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 30 June 2017 07:44

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IFJ condemns closure of Al Wasat newspaper

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the refusal of Bahraini government to lift a ban on Al Wasat newspaper which led to its closure this week.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 29 June 2017 06:38

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NUJ: New police guidelines for the media fail to increase openness

The NUJ has welcomed changes to proposed police media relations guidelines which would have prevented the press from speaking directly to officers working on cases, but believes the police could do much more to help journalists report matters in the public interest.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 28 June 2017 06:26

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Unions monitor criminal trial against journalists in Turkey

The International and European Federations of Journalists (IFJ and EFJ) sent an observer to Istanbul to monitor the first trial against journalists accused of participating in the failed coup last year.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 21 June 2017 07:42

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Stop attacking Al Jazeera, demands NUJ

Hundreds of jobs are threatened, families are at risk of being torn apart and TV stations, newspapers and websites risk closure following on from the current Gulf crisis, says the NUJ.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 19 June 2017 07:54

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Egypt: Media blackout widens as authorities block 20 news websites

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has condemned the Egyptian authorities for blocking access to at least 21 news websites including Al-Jazeera after accusing them of “spreading lies” and “supporting terrorism.”

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 07 June 2017 07:41

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WAN-IFRA Women in News Editorial Leadership Award – laureates announced

WAN-IFRA has named an editor from Egypt and editor from Kenya as Winners of the WAN-IFRA Women in News Editorial Leadership Award.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 31 May 2017 08:30

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SoE welcomes Conservative pledge to repeal Section 40

The Society of Editors has welcomed a manifesto pledge by the Conservative party to repeal Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act if they are elected on 8 June.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 19 May 2017 07:59

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SoE seeks press freedom manifesto commitments from party leaders

The Society of Editors is seeking manifesto commitments to promoting the value and importance of press freedom in the UK ahead of the general election on 8 June.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 02 May 2017 06:47

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SoE calls on government to protect press freedom

The government needs to take urgent steps to protect press freedom in the UK, the Society of Editors has warned.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 28 April 2017 06:52

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World’s Press Calls on President Trump to Stop Targeting Media

International media leaders have signalled their deep concern with the US administration’s persistent attacks on the press by calling on US President Donald Trump to halt his ‘fake news’ accusations and to ensure White House briefings remain accessible to all media.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 28 March 2017 07:15

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Cambodian media warned, government takes Trump-style approach

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Cambodia Association for Protection of Journalists (CAPJ) to strongly criticize the threat by the Cambodian cabinet against the media. The IFJ call for the comments to be withdrawn.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 01 March 2017 07:07

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IFJ warns Trump against threats to press freedom

As Donald Trump prepared for his inauguration last week, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) called on him to stop attacking the media and respect freedom of expression as a fundamental right.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 23 January 2017 08:10

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93 media professionals killed in 2016

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) last week published a list of 93 journalists and media staff who were killed in 2016 in work-related incidents. A further 29 died in two plane crashes.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 04 January 2017 08:32

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RSF launches UK Bureau

Reporters Without Borders – known internationally as Reporters sans frontières (RSF) – has announced that Eve Pollard will serve as the Chair of RSF’s UK board of advisors.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 05 December 2016 06:49

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Editors’ Code Committee announces consultation

The Editors’ Code of Practice, under which the majority of Britain’s newspaper, magazine and news website journalists work, is to undertake a public consultation on how it can be further improved, it was announced yesterday.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 02 December 2016 08:04

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WAN-IFRA calls for greater protection of women journalists

WAN-IFRA, the World Editors Forum and the FOJO Media Institute are calling on media worldwide to support stronger protections for women journalists in a text released to mark the 250th anniversary celebrations of Sweden’s ‘Freedom of the Press Act’, the first of its kind in the world.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 21 November 2016 08:20

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NUJ: Legislative proposals represent grave threat to UK journalism

Three parliamentary bills have the potential to seriously curtail press freedom, compromise the ability of journalists to protect their sources and effectively criminalise journalism, says the NUJ.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 17 November 2016 06:36

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WAN-IFRA signs €1 Million Partnership with Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers has formalised a 3-year, NOK 9,000,000 (EUR 1,000,000) agreement with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support WAN-IFRA's Media Freedom activities in Central East Africa and South East Asia.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 20 September 2016 11:07

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SoE: Merseytravel Sun boycott a 'slide towards censorship'

The Society of Editors has said that a decision by travel bosses in Liverpool to boycott The Sun is a "slide towards censorship" and that a public organisation seeking to restrict a legitimate newspaper should be a matter of concern for those that value press freedom.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 08 September 2016 07:50

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IPSO launches arbitration scheme for legal claims against the press

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) on Friday announced the details of its year-long arbitration pilot scheme and have confirmed the appointment of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) to run the pilot.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 08 August 2016 07:26

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NUJ calls for more openness and greater trust between the press and police

The NUJ has called for an “open and collaborative relationship between the police and the press” in its submission to the College of Policing consultation on draft guidelines for police and media relations.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 12 July 2016 07:30

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World Editors Forum approves five principles

The Board of the World Editors Forum (WEF), at its meeting at the World News Media Congress in Cartagena, Colombia, approved five principles to help rebuild trust in professional journalism.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 14 June 2016 20:33

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International group set up to monitor surveillance

The International Federation of Journalists has voted for an NUJ motion to set up working group on surveillance.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 14 June 2016 14:47

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Golden Pen of Freedom Awarded to Dmitry Muratov

The Golden Pen of Freedom, the annual press freedom award of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has been awarded to Dmitry Muratov, Editor-in-Chief of independent Russian newspaper, Novaya Gazeta.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 13 June 2016 06:50

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NUJ to hold week of action to support local press

NUJ branches and chapels will be holding a week of action, taking the union's Local News Matters campaign to the heart of their communities and seeking political support to champion the importance of the local press to democracy.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 28 April 2016 06:42

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Change in Press Freedom Management at WAN-IFRA

Larry Kilman, Secretary General of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), has left the organisation after a long career as a leading champion of press freedom and media development worldwide.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 15 April 2016 09:46

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NUJ: Panama Papers highlight problems with UK Snoopers’ Charter

The latest draft of the UK Investigatory Powers Bill is a threat to journalistic sources because the draft legislation enables the state to access journalists’ sources and digital communications, says the NUJ.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 07 April 2016 07:29

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NUJ calls for urgent action to protect journalists' sources & whistleblowers

The union has contacted all its members and asked them to urgently contact their MP to raise concerns about the investigatory powers bill in advance of the bill's second reading on Tuesday 15 March.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 14 March 2016 07:40

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Government Pulls Back From Extreme FOI Clampdown

The Government has said it will not be clamping down on the Freedom of Information Act by introducing measures such as charging for requests, describing the Act as “one of the pillars on which open government operates.”

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 04 March 2016 06:45

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WAN-IFRA to launch Media Management Accelerator learning platform

With financial support from the Google Digital News Initiative (DNI), the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) is to launch a new programme dedicated to promoting the development of new business models.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 25 February 2016 07:49

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‘Soft’ Censorship Exerts Strong Grip on Media in Macedonia

A new report from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), details how the practice of soft censorship is undermining the media industry across Macedonia.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 18 December 2015 06:36

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WAN-IFRA Creates Gender and Media Freedom Steering Committee

Leading editors and publishers from Africa and the Middle East have been appointed to the WAN-IFRA Gender and Media Freedom Steering Committee, which will contribute to the organization's ambitious Women in News (WIN) gender and media development activities.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 16 December 2015 06:10

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World's Press Calls on Turkish Authorities to Respect Independent Media

The Board of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), meeting in Paris on 12th December 2015, calls for renewed global solidarity with the Turkish press in the wake of continuing attacks and the government’s hard-line stance against independent, free media.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 14 December 2015 08:56

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NMA: Local Papers Must be Allowed to Report Youth Football Results

The News Media Association has said that local papers must be able to report youth football results after it emerged that Football Association is seeking to prevent leagues publishing results of under 11s teams.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 11 December 2015 07:52

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Soft Censorship Eroding Media Freedom in Montenegro

‘Soft’ censorship is quickening an already serious decline in media independence in Montenegro. This is the conclusion of a new report published today by WAN-IFRA, the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), and the Montenegrin Centre for Civic Education (CCE).

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 25 November 2015 06:00

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World's Press Condemns G-20 Accreditation Process in Turkey

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum have condemned the Turkish government’s failure to provide accreditation to journalists from critical media outlets to cover the G-20 summit, the latest evidence of declining press freedom in the country.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 13 November 2015 06:42

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