Last week the World Newspaper Congress rolled into Bangkok. One highlight of this circus of newspaper executives and editors mulling a shrinking newspaper franchise is the Golden Pen of Freedom award. The annual Congress is put together by WAN-Ifra, an industry association headquartered in Europe. The group has made a big push into Asia in recent years and has a regional headquarters in Singapore, which some even inside the association feel is an odd location for a group that promotes press freedom in addition to helping executives with ad strategies and technology issues.
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