WAN-Ifra plans 'great things' to happen in Taiwan, but just not yet

WAN-Ifra's gala World News Media Congress has been moved to a new date in 2021.

The organisation blames the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic for the decision to postpone the 73rd World News Media Congress, from June to September 28-30 in Taiwan.

WAN-Ifra says it consulted with exhibitors, speakers, officials and its strategic partner, Taiwan's United Daily News Group, and considering "the significant impact of international travel at this time".

The event will include the second World Media Leaders Summit, 28th World Editors Forum and the fifth Women in News Summit. For more information and regular updates, visit the event website.

"Our first consideration under the current circumstances must be for the health and well-being of all local and international participants and stakeholders involved in the Congress," chief executive Vincent Peyregne said. "For the past several weeks, WAN-Ifra has been closely monitoring the international situation with partners and officials.

"It is now clear that setting new dates in September is the correct decision."

So far, Taiwan has been among the least affected by the pandemic, an achievement "in part due to the highly digitised population... and a democratically elected government and competitive society who embrace technology and innovation," he said.

UDN chairman Duncan Wang is still excited by the prospect of hosting the World News Media Congress. "We all experienced dramatic changes in the news industry and our life and work models were heavily impacted by the pandemic," he says.

"Taipei 2021 will be a great opportunity to hold conversations and reflect on new paths for quality journalism."

He guaranteed delegates "scenery, delicious food and hospitality" and looks forward to "seeing you in free, democratic and beautiful Taiwan."

Peyregne thanked the global news media community for its continuous support and encouragement. "As we are constantly reminded, great things happen when the community comes together for our annual World Congress, and we are excited at the prospect of reconnecting in Taipei next September."

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