Newspapers are “in a vortex of a fast changing world”, the new president of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers Jacob Mathew, who was elected in April, said today (Thursday, 13 October) as he opened the World Editors Forum in Vienna.
His speech focused on calling for greater press freedom and new business ideas. “Soaring costs are a challenge that we should meet with innovation”, he said.
He also touched on the issue of ethics in relation to the UK phone-hacking scandal, calling for self-regulation of the press to be maintained. The print media enjoys the highest credibility, he said, and while there have been calls for new legislation it was important to note that “increased government regulation is not the answer”.
The media would be better governed by a self regulatory mechanism which holds its journalists to account, he added.
Mathew also called on print publishers to join together in the battle to protect intellectual property rights.
It is time that the print publishers get together to strategize to prevent others from freeloading on their content. We need to monetise and not lose out.
Our industry is in the vortex of a fast changing world. The challenges and the opportunities are greater than ever before.