Media organisation targeted for investigative report on US-based opposition to Ukraine aid
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by Andrew Heslop
1d ago
WAN-IFRA and the Association of Independent Regional Publishers of Ukraine (AIRPPU) have condemned attempts to pressure Texty.org.ua journalists and undermine their work, as reaction to a recent investigative report continues to build.  The report, ‘Roller Coaster – From Trumpists to Communists. The forces in the U.S. impeding aid to Ukraine and how they do it’, published on 6th June, presented an analysis of the political, media, and expert environment in the United States that influences decision-making around support for Ukraine in the ongoing war with Russia. The study analysed “sever ..read more
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Dima Khatib: “Freedom of the press starts with the right to life and safety for all”
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by WAN-IFRA Staff
2w ago
“I am honored to be here and to receive this award. Thank you, Women in News, and thank you, WAN IFRA. This recognition will mark my career. I would’ve loved to speak to you today about the gender balance we have proudly achieved at AJ+. I won’t be speaking about AI, though. I have a personal issue with it. I spent a lifetime learning languages, and there comes AI switching between languages like water! I won’t speak about any of that because these are dark times for journalism and humanity.  For the past 8 months, our daily life has been all about news of death and destruction. Our colle ..read more
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Golden Pen of Freedom awarded to Nicaraguan journalist Carlos Chamorro
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by Vincent Peyrègne
2w ago
The award, made during the 2024 World News Media Congress taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark “is a symbol of struggle and the necessary courage to fight on in the name of press freedom.”   “At a time when freedom of the press and freedom of expression are under attack in Nicaragua, while there is a process of criminalization of independent journalism in other countries of Latin America, I am deeply honoured to receive the Golden Pen of Freedom,” said Carlos Chamorro in accepting the award. “It is an honor that I receive together with my colleagues at Confidencial, who ma ..read more
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Melissa Fleming: “We all share a debt to those who continue to bring us the facts”
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by WAN-IFRA Staff
2w ago
In her keynote address at the World News Media Congress in Copenhagen, Melissa Fleming, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, highlighted the critical challenges facing journalism today. She emphasized the difficulties journalists face in conflict zones, particularly in Gaza, where foreign correspondents are banned, and local journalists are at high risk. Fleming underscored the importance of independent media in providing accurate information, which is essential for a functioning democracy and a healthy society.She discussed the rise of disinformation, hate speech, and the ..read more
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“Only the quality of our journalism can defend us.” Carlos Chamorro and the fight for press freedom in Nicaragua
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by Andrew Heslop
2w ago
Carlos talks about how, in the battleground between politics and journalism, there is only ever one winner, and what it means to rely on journalistic credibility in the face of violence and oppression. Nicaragua is facing a deep crisis as its populist leader, Daniel Ortega, seeks to consolidate nearly two decades in power at the expense of civil liberties, human rights, and press freedom. https://soundcloud.com/backstorymediafreedom/carlos-chamorro-fight-press-freedom-nicaragua/   Read a full profile of Carlos Chamorro. Read the Golden Pen of Freedom award announcement. The post “Only the ..read more
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Martha Ramos: 2024 Golden Pen of Freedom introductory speech
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by Andrew Heslop
2w ago
Speech of Martha Ramos, World Editors Forum President, on the occasion of the award of the 2024 WAN-IFRA Golden Pen of Freedom Carlos Chamorro. Copenhagen, Denmark, 27th May 2024   Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, colleagues, friends. A very good afternoon. We gather once again to celebrate outstanding achievement, an unwavering commitment to journalism: to award the Golden Pen – a symbol of struggle and the necessary courage to fight on in the name of press freedom. Our laureate this year personifies the values of this prestigious award in a way that is both humbling and inspiring to ..read more
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Profile: Carlos Fernando Chamorro
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by Andrew Heslop
2w ago
By Javier Garza Ramos The joke in the newsroom of Barricada in the Nicaragua of the early nineties was that when the publisher, Carlos Chamorro, got a phone call from the president, the message could take one of two forms. “I have a message for Mr. Chamorro,” President Violeta Barrios would say when she was upset about an article in the left-leaning newspaper. Or it could be: “Tell my son I expect him for dinner tomorrow.” For Carlos Fernando Chamorro Barrios, independence as a journalist is above everything, even when his mother was the president of Nicaragua. It has led to an extraordinary c ..read more
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Carlos F. Chamorro’s Golden Pen of Freedom acceptance speech
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by Andrew Heslop
2w ago
Media in exile under dictatorship, the last reserve of freedom Carlos F. Chamorro, Copenhagen, May 27, 2024 (Spanish) Dear Martha Ramos, World Editors Forum president, thank you for your kind words. Many thanks and gratitude to the members of the World Association of News Publishers board for awarding me the Golden Pen of Freedom 2024. Dear colleagues, friends, and my wife Desiree who is here tonight. I am deeply honored to receive the Golden Pen of Freedom 2024 award from the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) at a time when freedom of the press and freedom of expression are unde ..read more
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3 May, a time to grieve, protect, and support a global press in crisis
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by Andrew Heslop
1M ago
In a year marking one of the biggest tragedies for journalists on record, in which over 100 Palestinian colleagues in Gaza have been killed in Israel’s war with Hamas, the need to protect journalists has never been more apparent – and urgent. The burden of accessing the reliable, independent information that shapes our understanding of the world has always been that of journalists to bear. The extreme pressures and unrelenting threats they face to do so today are simply unprecedented. The consequences reveal some of the highest death tolls ever recorded, widespread physical and digital attacks ..read more
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On World Press Freedom Day, media renew historic drive to embed rights and protections
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by Lucinda Jordaan
1M ago
The Santiago Declaration, adopted in 1994, on World Press Freedom Day in Santiago, Chile, was “disruptive in its time,” recalls Martha Ramos, President of WAN-IFRA’s World Editors Forum board and Chief Editorial Officer of the Organización Editorial Mexicana. “UNESCO has uniformly done these declarations on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day, but that declaration was very important for Latin America. It stands for recognising the press as a valuable asset for democracy, and calls on governments to stop the killings of, and step up protections for, journalists.”  More significantly, adds Ramos ..read more
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