MEET YOUR IFEX COUNCIL
(Rachael Kay, IFEX Manager)
Following the voting and with great applause IFEX members attending the IFEX General Meeting in Beirut welcomed their new Council on Tuesday 31 May 2011. The new Council’s first task was to elect the Convenor, Deputy Convenor and 2 other members of the Executive Committee which they did that afternoon.
Meet your new IFEX Council members for 2011-2013:
*IFEX Convenor: Edetaen Ojo, Media Rights Agenda (MRA), Nigeria
*Deputy IFEX Convenor: Melinda Quintos de Jesus, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), The Philippines
Agnès Callamard, ARTICLE 19, United Kingdom
*Wesley Gibbings, Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM), Trinidad and Tobago
*Arnold Amber, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), Canada
Olga Kravtsova, Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations (CJES), Russia
Maria Salazar-Ferro, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), USA
Andrés d’Alessandro, Foro de Periodismo Argentino (FOPEA), Argentina
*Corina Cepoi, Independent Journalism Center, Moldova
Sulemana Braimah, Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Ghana
Matai Akauola, Pacific Islands News Association (PINA), Fiji Islands
Owais Aslam Ali, Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)
Riham Abu Aita, Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA), Palestine
(*Executive Committee members are denoted with an asterisk)
The Council acts on behalf of IFEX members as it oversees policy, deals with all strategic and substantial matters facing IFEX between general meetings and participates in the development of the agenda for the General Meeting. IFEX Clearing House work is guided by the Council and all projects of IFEX are the Council’s responsibility. The Executive Committee is charged with considering applications for membership and assisting the Council in dealing with any crises and issues that may occur in consultation with their colleagues on Council.
As you can see from the class photo above we have not only a very diverse, experienced and committed group of individuals willing to serve but also a very good looking gang which can never hurt on the website!