India to Host World Newspaper Congress in 2009


India has been chosen as the host country for the 62nd World Newspaper Congress, 16th World Editors Forum and Info Services Expo in 2009,a World Association of Newspapers (WAN) release said.

The global summit meetings of the world’s press will be held from 22 to 25 March 2009 in Hyderabad and will be hosted by the Indian Newspaper Society. India has than 2000 daily newspapers in 100 languages with a combined circulation of 88 million.

The choice of Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh and India’s fifth largest city, was made by the Board of the World Association of Newspapers during its meeting Tuesday in Vienna, Austria.

The 2008 events, scheduled for 1 to 4 June 2008, will be held in Göteborg, Sweden.

“India is probably the most exciting newspaper market in the world at the moment,” said Timothy Balding, CEO of the Paris-based WAN, which organises the events. “There is tremendous growth, change and innovation, both in print and digitally. Our choice of India also reflects our admiration for this huge country’s respect for a free press as a pillar of democracy.”

With a population of more than 4 million, Hyderabad, located on the Deccan plateau in southern India, is a cosmopolitan city now vying to become India’s Silicon Valley. It has a blend of rich cultures and a renowned cuisine. It is a centre for the pearl trade.

The Paris-based WAN, the global organisation for the newspaper industry represents 18,000 newspapers; its membership includes 76 national newspaper associations, newspaper companies and individual newspaper executives in 102 countries, 12 news agencies and 10 regional and world-wide press groups.

Inquiries to: Larry Kilman, Director of Communications, WAN, 7 rue Geoffroy St Hilaire, 75005 Paris France. Tel: +33 1 47 42 85 00. Fax: +33 1 47 42 49 48. Mobile: +33 6 10 28 97 36. E-mail: lkilman@wan.asso.fr.

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