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

Paris, (PresseBox) - 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. The agreement will allow WAN-IFRA to continue its efforts to increase women’s leadership and voices in the news in Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania, and strengthen independent media in Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam through to 2019.

WAN-IFRA cooperated closely with member association MBL (Norwegian Media Businesses' Association) to first establish the partnership with the Ministry in 2013 and grow it into the multi-year partnership that it is today.

“The continued support from the Ministry is a testament to WAN-IFRA’s unique ability to engage with media at a global level. It is also a shining example of what can be achieved when WAN-IFRA collaborates closely with our members”, says Vincent Peyregne, CEO of WAN-IFRA. “We are delighted to be able to continue the good work that we’ve begun in these regions.”

The Media Freedom and Democracy Programme aims to build strong independent media that support democratic development, hold powers to account, and promote human rights, with an emphasis on gender equality.  It achieves this through two distinct projects under one framework: Media Professionals Programme South East Asia, and, Women in News: Central-East Africa. Both programmes apply mentoring, coaching and networking tactics alongside traditional skills development to promote financial sustainability, editorial quality, and, gender equality within programme media partners.

About WAN-IFRA's Press Freedom and Media Development work

WAN-IFRA’s unique position as the global representative for the newspaper industry with a clear human rights mandate is reflected in the organisation’s conviction that financially healthy media is an essential condition for the existence of a free press. Unlike the political, social, educational or judicial sectors of society that are essential for good governance and development, but that are mainly funded from fiscal revenues, the independent media sector carries out its public interest role while at the same time responding to commercial imperatives.

In its primary mission to strengthen and support the independent press, WAN-IFRA’s global engagements are aimed at defending press freedom and promoting sustainable, financially viable media, and are aligned under three main strategic objectives:

Advocacy - Inform the general public of the scale, forms and consequences of press freedom violations worldwide and the necessity of a free and independent press for economic, social, political and cultural development. Build a comprehensive advocacy and action plan to address and lift restrictions to press freedom, advancing freedom of expression as a fundamental condition for democracy and pluralism.

Development - Assist media in emerging markets by providing skills and knowledge transfer, together with hands-on consultancy and training opportunities designed around the WAN-IFRA activity portfolio, tailored to the operational realities within the region. Create examples of successful business models that can be implemented by others operating in similar conditions. Identify and create synergies between media professionals in emerging markets and their counterparts in mature markets. Test new business models for media operating in challenging (politically and financially volatile) markets.

Sustainability - Facilitate networking and effective cooperation among newspapers and news publishers at a local and global level, to durably share editorial and business know-how and strategies. Contribute to establishing and strengthening national and regional newspaper associations to create permanency in development strategies. Work closely with international partners to conceive and implement truly coordinated and comprehensive media development programmes in chosen countries, on the basis of new parameters for judging effectiveness, investment costs and benefits, as well as durability.


WAN-IFRA based in Paris, and Frankfurt, with regional offices in Chennai, Singapore, and Mexico is the global organisation of the world's newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 print and online publications and serves over 3,000 member companies in more than 120 countries. Its mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity, and help independent news publishing companies to succeed in their transformation process, increase their business, and perform their crucial role in open societies.

WAN-IFRA is a leading global resource for publishers, editors, chief technology officers, digital business executives, news publisher associations, technology suppliers, service providers, research centres, and member associations, and operates in three different areas: innovation and business development - global media policy - press freedom. More about WAN-IFRA at www.wan-ifra.org/who-we-are

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