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Denmark to fund support of free media


Mr Mogen Jensen, the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, speaks at the Global Media Conference in Copenhagen on April 30, 2015.

Mr Mogen Jensen, the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, speaks at the Global Media Conference in Copenhagen on April 30, 2015. Photo: Mizzima

Denmark has announced the allocation of 14 million Danish Kroner (K2.2 billion) to launch an initiative to be carried out together with the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) to support the development of free and independent media in developing countries and fragile states, according to a press release April 30.

The allocation, announced April 30 in connection with the Global Media Freedom Conference in Copenhagen, is dedicated to initiatives that focus on capacity development of independent media, including the improvement of security for journalists.

"It is very concerning that the freedom of the press is under pressure in many parts of the world. A free and critical press is crucial to give insight into the decisions of those in power and thereby to hold them responsible. In the context of development, press freedom is a prerequisite to encourage democracy and good governance," said Mogen Jensen, the Danish Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation.

More than 100 editors and journalists from all over the world were gathered in Copenhagen for the Global Media Freedom Conference, organized by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and WAN-IFRA.

With the new allocation, WAN-IFRA will provide support and training to more than 60 media from 12 countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Among other things, the project will focus on digital development, professional training for women editors and executives, as well as better legislative protection of media.    

"Denmark is known for its commitment to freedom of the press as an essential condition of good governance, democracy and development, and this new partnership will deeply enhance media development and press freedom initiatives where they are most needed," said Larry Kilman, Secretary General of WAN-IFRA. "This is support on a large scale that will help us strengthen independent news media around the world."

Denmark also announced it would make an allocation to International Media Support, in cooperation with global associations like the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), to create a global forum for development and exchange of best practices in relation to the security and protection of journalists.

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