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The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has strengthened its links with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) by raising the status of both organisations to the level of "Associate Relations."

The status is given only to a select few non-governmental organisations with expertise in one of UNESCO's programme areas.

The new status gives IFJ and WAN a more formal advisory role regarding UNESCO's activities in the areas of press freedom, freedom of expression and media development. The organisations will also enjoy a closer working relationship with UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura.

IFJ and WAN have partnered with UNESCO on several media development projects over the years. Last year, IFJ conducted safety training courses for journalists in Afghanistan, Nepal and the Palestinian territory, while WAN has been active in media rebuilding projects in East Timor, Colombia and Afghanistan.

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- UNESCO's Division of Freedom of Expression:">;reload=1035235829">

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