A host of issues concerning the media, including the Internet, will be deliberated upon during the four-day 62nd World Newspaper Congress and other annual events of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), beginning here on Monday.

More than 900 participants from 87 countries, including publishers, CEOs, managing directors, chief editors, senior newspaper executives have registered for the event.

Apart from the Congress, the 16th World Editors’ Forum and Info Services Expo-2009 are being organised at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre. Three round-tables will be held on Monday, including one on press freedom and another on digital media.

President Pratibha Patil will inaugurate the Congress on Tuesday. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah, President of WAN-IFRA Gavin O’Reilly, Tourism Minister J. Geeta Reddy and others will speak at the inaugural ceremony.

This will be followed by Xavier Vidal-Folch, president World Editors Forum, presenting the ‘2009 WAN-IFRA Golden Pen of Freedom’ to Najam Sethi, Editor-in Chief of Pakistani newspapers Friday Times and the Daily Times.

The same day, Info Services Expo, an exhibition of latest products and services available from suppliers to the newspaper industry, will be opened.

Later, CEO of WAN-IFRA Timothy Balding will make a presentation on ‘World Trends in the Newspaper Industry: An Update of Print and Digital Developments.’ Senior executives from a wide range of newspapers will discuss and present case studies at a session on ‘A Multi-Media, Growth Business.’

On Wednesday, at a session on ‘Shaping The Future of The Newspaper,’ the results of a unique global study will be presented on how publishers are coping with the change.

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