Founded in 1948, the World Association of Newspapers groups 71 national newspaper associations, individual newspaper executives in 100 nations, 13 news agencies, and nine regional press organisations. It is a non-profit, non-government organisation.

In all, the Association represents more than 18,000 publications on the five continents.

The World Association of Newspapers has three major objectives :

– Defending and promoting press freedom and the economic independence of newspapers as an essential condition for that freedom ;

– Contributing to the development of newspaper publishing by fostering communications and contacts between newspaper executives from different regions and cultures ;

– Promoting co-operation between its member organisations, whether national, regional or worldwide.

In pursuit of these objectives, the World Association of Newspapers notably :

– represents the newspaper industry in all international discussions on media issues, to defend both press freedom and the professional and business interests of the press ;

– promotes a world-wide exchange of information and ideas on producing better and more profitable newspapers ;

– opposes restrictions of all kinds on the free flow of information, on the circulation of newspapers and on advertising ;