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WAN and IFRA merge into world publishing giant

Effective 1 July, two main news publishing associations, IFEX member the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) and IFRA, will merge into a new organisation, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), reports WAN. The combined new organisation will represent more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries.

The new organisation will maintain the two current headquarters in Paris, France and Darmstadt, Germany. The two organisations have been discussing a merger for more than five years, as they have built up several similar products and services and have an increasing overlap in membership.

The mission statement of the new organisation can be found at: http://www.wan-ifra.org/

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