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Last year, the Brazilian Investigative Journalism Association (ABRAJI) reported a story about a Brazilian journalist who had his house broken into by police after he wrote about alleged fraudulent accounting practices of a local soccer team. In Botswana, a sports journalist complained about being assaulted by game officials - supposedly a common practice in the country, said the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA). In Germany, the German Football Federation launched a campaign of "distortion and lies" against a journalist who has criticised its President, said the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).

In an attempt to defend and promote the interests and freedoms of the sports press, six of the world's leading newspapers dedicated to sport have come together to form the International Association of Sports Newspapers (IASN).

The founding members of IASN are the Italian sports daily "La Gazzetta dello Sport", "El Mundo Deportivo" and "Marca" in Spain, "L'Équipe" in France, "Olé" in Argentina, and "Lance" in Brazil.

IASN, whose international secretariat is based in Paris, will safeguard the ethical and economic interests of sports newspapers; fight against racism and xenophobia in sport; promote the use of sport as a tool in development policies; promote sports and reading among children; and encourage volunteerism in the sporting world. IASN is affiliated with IFEX member the World Association of Newspapers (WAN).

To learn more about IASN, see:

(18 February 2009)

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