Giving a call for ensuring freedom of press in West Asia, the World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum have cautioned that people’s aspirations for freedom will come out through “unanticipated” channels if traditional media is curtailed.

President of global media organisation WAN-INFRA, Jacob Mathew said the changes taking place in the Arab world prove that if traditional media are put under tethers, aspirations for freedom would get expressed through unanticipated channels.

“The media is undergoing rapid changes in the tablet age, the media should make use of all possibilities of the digital world to gather news. Newspapers which have the strength to face the challenges of the technological revolution would continue to be relevant,” Mr. Mathew said.

Mr. Mathew said people have more trust in newspapers than in any other news media. “Even today, 180 crore people are connected to the world of news through newspapers. This is 20 per cent more than the consumers of internet,” he said.

The WAN-INFRA also presented its ‘Golden Pen of Freedom Award-2011’ to Dawit Isaak, who has been in jail since ten years in Eritrea. His brother Esayas collected the award on behalf of Mr. Isaak.

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