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World Press Summit Opens With Call for Greater Press Freedom in Ukraine

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World Press Summit Opens With Call for Greater Press Freedom in Ukraine

“We have gathered in this city to discuss and debate global as well as local events, and to show our solidarity with the entire media fraternity,” says Jacob Mathew, President of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), during the opening ceremony of the 64th World Newspaper Congress, 19th World Editors Forum and Info Services Expo 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine.

“There were voices that argued that Ukraine should be boycotted in view of its press freedom situation and other issues of concern,” he says. “But we at WAN-IFRA chose exactly the opposite path. We said we should spend time in Kiev, understand the situation, and show our solidarity with the local independent media.

"Instead of turning our backs to the long-suffering Ukraine, we wanted to embrace this great country that we believe has the strength to re-assert itself and regain freedoms that sustain democracy and human dignity.”

The audience, which includes Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych, other dignitaries, and more than 900 publishers, chief editors, managing directors and other senior newspaper executives from around the world, is told that international media conferences in Ukraine “will give an exposure to the media an the society in the region to the best global practices in print and broadcast journalism.”

“Our plea is to ensure that the laws which threaten any media are moved out of the way,” he says.

Mr Mathew’s full speech can be found at http://www.wan-ifra.org/node/63043/.

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2012-09-03 09:44

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