WAN, WEF, and Privacy

This is not just an issue of alphabet soup. WAN and WEF are nothing to do with wrestling, or wildlife, but instead are two global media representative organisations which have called on the Government to withdraw the government’s proposed Privacy Bill. As Christine Newman reports in today’s Irish Times, the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) and the World Editors Forum (WEF) have jointly written a letter to the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) and the Minister for Justice, arguing that the current Privacy Bill would overly inhibit press freedom in Ireland. The clamour against the Bill is getting louder. Is it too much to hope that the Government will listen?