The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)


Paris, France, and Frankfurt, Germany

About the organisation

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, or WAN-IFRA, is the global organisation of the world’s press. It derives its authority from its global network of 3,000 news publishing companies and technology entrepreneurs, and its legitimacy from its 80 member publisher associations representing 18,000 publications in 120 countries. WAN-IFRA is based in Paris and is an “association loi 1901,” a non-profit organisation under French law. It is financed through membership fees and donors sponsorships towards specific media development projects. The association gained formal consultative status to UNESCO in 1949, to the UN in the spring of 1950, and to the Council of Europe in 1974.

Focus areas

Our mission is to defend and promote press freedom, clear the way to innovation and help independent news publishing companies to succeed in their transformation process, increase their business and perform their crucial role in open societies. Our non-profit work consists essentially in championing the cause of freedom of the press, through the activity of all our departments: Media Freedom, Media Policy, and the Global Alliance for Media Innovation.


The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers was founded in Paris in 1948 by survivors of the World War II clandestine press of France and The Netherlands. It was created by newspaper publishers from eight countries: Belgium, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Holland, Luxemburg, Sweden and Switzerland.

The original membership of WAN-IFRA is represented by the national associations of newspaper publishers. Today, 72 associations from 66 countries are our members. Starting from the year 1984 WAN-IFRA has been extending its membership to news publishers and supplier companies as well as, in special cases, to individuals.

Team members

Elena Perotti, Executive Director of Media Policy and Public Affairs