A letter from WAN-IFRA President Jacob Mathew
With some European leaders intending to boycott the Euro football championship matches in Ukraine, WAN-IFRA has been asked whether it is appropriate to bring its annual meetings to Kiev in September 2012.
I am writing to explain why we are going, and why it is important for you to join us in Kiev.
Solidarity with the local press
The 64th World Newspaper Congress, 19th World Editors Forum and Info Services Expo 2012 will be hosted from 2 to 5 September next by the two major Ukrainian newspaper associations, the Ukrainian Association of Press Publishers and the Independent Regional Press Publishers of Ukraine.
We are going to Kiev to stand in solidarity with the local independent press, which struggles daily under great pressure, often in isolation. By holding our events in Kiev, we will provide them with an opportunity to share their experiences with the international newspaper community, allow them to benefit from international best practices, provide training opportunities, and offer moral support.
Engagement with authorities
WAN-IFRA takes every opportunity to meet with world leaders as the global representative of the world’s independent press. As with Vladimir Putin at the Moscow Congress and Editors Forum in 2006, we will have the opportunity to bring our concerns directly to President Viktor Yanukovych, who will open the Congress and Forum.