The World Association of Newspapers (WAN) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization made up of 76 national newspaper associations, 12 news agencies, 10 regional press organisations and individual newspaper executives in 100 countries.
Founded in 1948, the association represents more than 18,000 publications on five continents. Newspapers represent a 190 billion US dollar business globally with 1.6 billion readers a day. Newspapers are the world's second largest advertising medium (29.8%), exceeding the combined budget of radio, outdoor, cinema, magazines and the internet. Combined with magazines, print is the world's largest advertising medium with a 42 percent share.
WAN's main objectives are to:
In pursuit of these objectives, the World Association of Newspapers:
WAN is a member of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange, a global network of non-governmental organizations that monitors free expression violations worldwide and defends journalists, writers, Internet users and others who are persecuted for exercising their right to freedom of expression.
It also belongs to the IFEX Tunisia Monitoring Group, a coalition of 16 free expression groups that seeks to pressure Tunisia into improving its human rights record.
WAN works closely in a number of fields with the European Newspaper Publishers Association, a regional association based in Brussels.
On June 19th 2009, WAN President Gavin O'Reilly revealed in an interview with Huffington Post blogger Faisal J. Abbas that the World Association of Newspapers has agreed to merge with the Germany based publishing body, IFRA, which has more than 3000 members in 70 countries. 
Through its Shaping the Future of the Newspaper project, WAN:
Through its Training & Events Division, WAN:
Through the World Editors Forum, WAN:
Through The Fund for Press Freedom Development, WAN:
Through its Newspapers in Education programme, WAN:
WAN administers the Golden Pen of Freedom Award, a prestigious prize that honours a journalist or media organisation anywhere in the world that has made an outstanding contribution to the defence and promotion of press freedom.
Since 1998, WAN has maintained annual tallies of media employees killed around the world. The worst year on record is 2006, when 110 media employees died in the line of duty. 
The President of WAN is Gavin O'Reilly, Chief Operating Officer of Ireland-based Independent News and Media plc.
The Treasurer is Fred Arp, Chief Financial Officer at Telegraaf Media Group in the Netherlands.
The Chief Executive Officer is Timothy Balding, who heads the Paris-based Secretariat.
A full list of officers and board members can be found at [http://www.wan-press.org/article1718.html.