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The World Economy News Paper, also called the WENP (世経, Sekei?, WEJ) and WE News for short, is the newspaper that is distributed globally via News Coo.

The organization in charge of writing, printing and distributing the newspaper is presided by "Big News" Morgans, an emperor of the Underworld.

Overview[]

The World Economy News paper is a major source of information with global reach, being present in all Blue Seas, most of the Grand Line and even the underwater kingdom of Fish-Man Island, although certain remote locations like the Calm Belt appear to be outside their usual range. In general, it is considered a highly influential newspaper, a fact the World Government acknowledges by their attempts to directly manipulate or censor it, either through bribes or by sending Cipher Pol agents to infiltrate the company and threaten its employees with murder.

The WENP has enough prestige to cover news of the Levely and take pictures of all attending royalty. It also contains the latest wanted posters of the individuals that it covers. For entertainment, the newspaper includes comic strips aimed at all ages, such as Sora, Warrior of the Sea,[3] and columns, such as the fashion section Streetcorner Collection (街角コレクション, Machikado Korekushon?).[4] Because it deals with so many topics about the world, such as piracy, local or international conflicts and revolutionary activity, characters like Nami and Nico Robin tend to read this newspaper daily, in order to remain informed of any interesting events.

In spite of their status, the company has contradicting standards in terms of journalistic integrity, as it is willing to report articles that the Government would rather cover up, yet it also has no qualms in fabricating and spinning stories, all for the sake of making a profit or entertaining the ignorant masses.[5][6][7] This reflects the character of the company's president, Morgans, who is a prominent underworld figure that also holds ties with other shady organizations like the Germa 66 and the Big Mom Pirates.

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There are several journalists working for the WENP, but only three have been named so far: the president, Morgans, the former Marine captain of photography, Attach, and the columnist Iyan'eno Chinode. The company employs News Coo in order to handle the global distribution of its paper.

The Worst Generation member Scratchmen Apoo appears to have affiliations with the newspaper, acting as an insider leak source for the WENP during the Raid on Onigashima and once planning to sell compromising photos of CP0 directly to Morgans. It is unknown, however, if Apoo is an actual employee of the company or some sort of freelancer. CP0 agent Stussy also has close ties with the paper, often acting as an informant in exchange for being able to access Morgans' confidential reports.

Location[]

The WENP's headquarters are located in a large ship shaped somewhat like a tea kettle, flanked by water wheels, and attached to a giant hot air balloon with the inscription "WE NEWS". The ship is capable of flight, so that the headquarters may move in case its current location becomes unsafe.[8]

WE News Headquarters
World Economy News Paper's headquarters docked.
WE News HQ in Flight
World Economy News Paper's headquarters in flight.

History[]

At least 38 years ago, Morgans was already a reporter at age 15, writing the article of the events in the God Valley Incident, though he only reported on Monkey D. Garp's heroics on the island, leaving out the Native Hunting Competition.[9]

East Blue Saga[]

From the newspaper, it was revealed another coup d'état had occurred in Vira.[10]

Water 7 Saga[]

WENP photographer, Attach was present for the Straw Hat Pirates' attack on Enies Lobby, and - despite the considerable chaos - successfully photographed Sogeking, Tony Tony Chopper, Nico Robin, and Franky. However, his attempts to photograph Sanji were thwarted by numerous mishaps, culminating in a "successful" shot where he realized too late that he had forgotten to remove the lens-cap.[11]

Post Enies Lobby Arc[]

After the fall of Enies Lobby, Attach followed the Straw Hats and their allies back to Water 7. Finding the whole city hailing the Straw Hats as heroes, he was able to trick Nami into posing for a photograph by claiming to be a reporter for a local newspaper.[12] Within a week, he reported back to his superiors with the new photographs, but was forced to submit a blank for Sanji.

This led to the Marines using a crude facial composite for Sanji's wanted poster - a situation that greatly displeased Sanji, but ironically protected him for a time, as it led to his birth family being stymied by false leads such as Duval.[13]

Whole Cake Island Arc[]

During the journey to Whole Cake Island, Pedro read the newspaper which detailed the Blackbeard Pirates' attack on Baltigo (the Revolutionary Army's base). He showed the Straw Hats and through the paper, Luffy was able to see his father Dragon's face for the first time in his life. The newspaper mentioned that Blackbeard and his crew attacked the island and briefly clashed with Cipher Pol before retreating from the area. As Luffy reacted in anger at what Blackbeard did, Pedro stated that since the paper made no mention of any casualties, he told Luffy that Dragon and Sabo must be okay and if they were captured, it would be mentioned and there was no reason to leave it out.

A few days later on board Big Mom's singing ship, Vito attempted to engage Sanji in a conversation about a popular comic strip which features Sanji's family as the villains. Vito mentioned that this comic strip is circulated in the World Economic Journal newspaper.

After they landed in Sweet City on Whole Cake Island, Pedro and Brook read the local newspaper of Totto Land. Brook was surprised to read its report that Jinbe had retracted his request to leave the Big Mom Pirates, while Pedro was astonished that Big Mom had a former Warlord as a subordinate.

"Big News" Morgans, the owner of the World Economic Journal, is one of the Emperors of the Underworld who attended the Tea Party where the wedding of Vinsmoke Sanji and Charlotte Pudding was to take place, though was unaware that it was actually a ruse and that Big Mom planned to assassinate the Vinsmoke Family. After the wedding began, he was thrilled by Luffy's appearance and the prospect of reporting on Jinbe's declaration that he was leaving the Big Mom Pirates and joining the Straw Hats. When the Big Mom Pirates revealed their treachery to the Vinsmoke Family, Morgans found the turn of events more exciting as it would serve as a big scoop for his newspaper.

During the Straw Hats' struggle to escape Totto Land, Morgans said it would be a huge scoop if the Straw Hats overcame the slim chance of escape. While escaping Totto Land with Stussy via hot air balloon, he cheered for the Straw Hats and shared with Stussy his belief that one of the Worst Generation would become the Pirate King.[14]

Levely Arc[]

After escaping Totto Land, Morgans wrote an article about Luffy's exploits at Totto Land, glorifying him in the process, as Morgans claimed Luffy had orchestrated the assassination attempt on Big Mom and proclaimed him the fifth Emperor.[15]

The media was present at the Red Port to see the royals who would be attending the Levely at Mary Geoise.[16]

Wano Country Saga[]

Wano Country Arc[]

Mihawk told Perona that an interesting topic was discussed at the Levely while reading about the global conference in an article.

Teach revealed information from the morning's newspaper to Moria while the latter was attacking his island. On the fourth day of the Levely, Sabo and his group clashed with Marine Admirals Fujitora and Ryokugyu in order to take back their old ally, Kuma. Other news included Luffy and the rookies' exploits in Wano Country and Big Mom's pursuit of them.[17]

After the Levely ended, a Cipher Pol agent threatened Morgans to change the next newspaper's headline, but Morgans refused and defeated the agent, before moving the WENP's headquarters. The following days, the WENP published information on the abolition of the Seven Warlords of the Sea system, as well as a grave incident involving Sabo from the Revolutionary Army.[18]

Upon the defeat of Big Mom and Kaidou, the WENP, thanks to Apoo's leaks, printed the story of how Luffy, alongside Trafalgar Law and Eustass Kid, were the ones responsible for the stunning victory, while naming Luffy, alongside Buggy, as the succeeding Emperors. Morgans once again refused to comply with the World Government's propaganda as he used Luffy's awakened form as an updated Bounty poster profile without the Five Elders' consent, as well not removing the "D." in his poster name as was ordered.[19]

Final Saga[]

Egghead Arc[]

After learning from an unknown source that the World Government was attempting to assassinate Dr. Vegapunk, Morgans disparaged their plan because the scientist was so beloved around the world. However, in order to please the World Government and earn a monetary reward, Morgans ordered his reporters to write a headline stating that Emperor Luffy had taken Vegapunk hostage on Egghead and was waging all-out war against the Marines. Vivi was outraged by this false headline, but Morgans retorted that what mattered was entertainment, not truth.[7]

Sometime later, Morgans, using a Black Den Den Mushi, heard Luffy claim he took Dr. Vegapunk hostage and demand all Marine ships on Egghead leave in exchange for York's safety, expressing shock that his false headline turned out true.[20]

Having read of the siege on Egghead on the paper, Dorry, Brogy and the Giant Warrior Pirates invaded Egghead to pick up Luffy.[21]

References[]

  1. One Piece Video Game — Odyssey.
  2. One Piece Manga — Vol. 11 Chapter 96, Nami buys a WENP from a News Coo.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 82 Chapter 825 (p. 2) and Episode 783, "Sora, Warrior of the Sea" debuts.
  4. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 107 (p. 178), Iyan'eno Chinode is named and information about her is revealed.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 95 Chapter 956 and Episode 957, Morgans refused to cave into the Government's bribes.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 104 Chapter 1053 (p. 3-5) and Episode 1080, Morgans using a picture of Luffy's Awakened Form for new wanted posters.
  7. 7.0 7.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 106 Chapter 1074 (p. 16-17) and Episode 1106, Morgans intended to fabricate a story of Luffy using Vegapunk as hostage.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 95 Chapter 956 and Episode 957, The WENP headquarters is seen.
  9. One Piece Manga — Vol. 108 Chapter 1096 (p. 14), Morgans is revealed to be the one who broke the news of God Valley.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 11 Chapter 96 (p. 3) and Episode 45, Nami buys a WENP from a News Coo and reads about the coup d'état in Vira.
  11. One Piece Yellow: Grand Elements, Oda elaborates on Attach's many failures to properly photograph Sanji. Among them are his "Mellorine" expression, the Awa Awa no Mi, and a happenstance kick to the groin rendering his face near-unrecognizable.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 436 (p. 2) and Episode 321, Nami complains a "reporter" tricked her into a photograph.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 82 Chapter 826 (p. 14-15) and Episode 785, Vinsmoke Reiju discusses the Vinsmoke Family's efforts to pinpoint Sanji through his wanted poster.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 90 Chapter 901 and Episode 876.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 90 Chapter 903 and Episodes 878879.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 90 Chapter 905 and Episodes 882883.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 92 Chapter 925 and Episode 917.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 95 Chapter 956 and Episode 957.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 104 Chapter 1053 (p. 3-5) and Episode 1080.
  20. One Piece Manga — Vol. 108 Chapter 1090 (p. 2-3).
  21. One Piece Manga — Vol. 109 Chapter 1106 (p. 1, 16-17).

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