The election of the new WAN-IFRA Board members took place at the annual World News Media Congress in Taipei, where more than 900 Media executives, publishers and journalists from nearly sixty countries came together to understand where the global industry is headed and how news publishers are responding to new challenges..
Eleven new Board members were elected during the WAN-IFRA annual meeting on June 29. For the second year in a row, WAN-IFRA members elect a majority of women leaders to their governing body. The changes to its Board of Directors signal WAN-IFRA’s continued commitment to deliver on its strategic plan for Diversity and inclusion started in 2017. Ensures that WAN-IFRA has the additional skill sets and experience to support future developments in different parts of the world. Incoming Board members include:
- Sammi Bourke, Head of Operations Irish Farmers Journal – Ireland.
- Xenia Daum, Director General Kleine Zeitung – Austria.
- Ladina Heimgartner, Head Global Media & CEO Blick Group Ringier AG – Switzerland.
- Marte Ingul, Executive Vice President Community and Government Relations Amedia – Norway.
- Bérénice Lajouanie, Directrice Générale du Pôle les Echos et Thématiques Les Echos – France.
- Mariam Mammen Mathew, CEO Manorama Online Malayala Manorama Company Ltd – India.
- Shiro Nakamura, President and CEO of Asahi Shimbun, Japan.
- Joanna Norris, Director of Content – New Zealand.
- Gavin O’Reilly, CEO of The New European.
- Martha Ramos, Editorial Director Mexican Publishing Organization – Mexico.
- Andrew Saunders, CEO and President of The Globe and Mail – Canada.
“As the world’s representative body for the news publishing branch, WAN-IFRA has to lead by example. I am delighted that our efforts are paying off. With almost 40% women on the board of directors in 2023, we are pushing for a more inclusive policy, which I see our members around the world increasingly embracing. We are on the path to parity, but there is still work to be done and we will persist in this direction. Before the end of the year, we will present to the Board an update on our strategic roadmap for diversity and inclusion.”, said Vincent Peyrègne, director general of WAN-IFRA.
At the same meeting, 33 directors were re-elected to a renewed term and Fernando de Yarza was re-elected WAN-IFRA President for a one-year term. Also in Taipei, Johanna Lahti, Editor-in-Chief of Ilta-Sanomat, Finland, has been formally elected to the World Council of Publishers.
The WAN-IFRA Board and management team express their deepest appreciation to the nine retiring Directors of the Board for their distinguished service over the past few years:
- Eugene Abov, Vice President SPPI GIPP – Russian Federation.
- Phillip Crawley, CEO and Publisher The Globe and Mail – Canada.
- Hans Heinrich Dr. Coninx, board member Schweizer Medien Coninx.ch – Switzerland.
- Warren Fernandez, CEO Asia Pacific Edelman Inc – Singapore.
- Sophie Gourmelen, Managing Director and Editorial Director Le Parisien – France.
- Markus Mair, Chairman of the Board of Styria Media Group AG – Austria.
- Masahiro Maruyama, President and CEO The Mainichi Newspapers – Japan.
- Pal Nedregotten, Director of Technology NRK – Norway.
- Prata Pawar, Sakal Media Private Ltd. – India.
Iran, Guatemala, Ukraine, journalists’ safety, EU tax laws: WAN-IFRA board issues resolutions on press freedom
Calls for the release of jailed journalists, more solidarity with Ukraine, calls for the safety of journalists and EU tax regulations topped the WAN-IFRA Board’s agenda as the organization renewed its commitment to a free press. Worldwide.
The Board requested the immediate launch of WAN-IFRA’s 2023 Golden Pen of Freedom laureates Elahe Mohammadi and Niloofar Hamedi, and all journalists jailed in Iran, and condemned the brutal crackdown on the press and all those who protest in support of human rights. Elahe Mohammadi, a reporter for the Hammihan daily, and Niloofar Hamedi, who works for the reformist Shargh daily, were arrested in September 2022 for their role in reporting the death of Mahsa Amini. The young Iranian-Kurdish woman was arrested by Iran’s morality police and later died in custody, sparking nationwide protests and a deadly response from authorities that has killed more than 500 people and jailed more than 20,000.
The board also sentenced to six years in prison sentence handed down to veteran journalist José Rubén Zamora in Guatemala and asked the authorities to stop harassing him and the independent news organization he runs, The newspaper.
The Board reiterated its solidarity with a free press in Ukrainecalling for a renewal of international solidarity and increased support for colleagues fighting for the liberation of their country.
The Board urged Governments around the world to prioritize the safety of journalists and facilitating the role of independent mediaparticularly around critical periods such as elections, by strengthening the enabling environment in which the profession operates.
Finally, the Board also called on the Member States of the European Union respect the compromise agreed by EU finance ministers in 2021 regarding the VAT rate for the media, a key element of the post-pandemic recovery for independent media across the continent.
Read the resolutions in their entirety: Iran | Guatemala | Ukraine | Security | EU taxes
WAN-IFRA reports positive results for 2022
The General Assembly of members also approved the financial report of WAN-IFRA for the year 2022. WAN-IFRA ended the year with a positive result of almost 220,000 euros of global revenues of 11.5 million euros, 32% more than in 2021. Seventy new corporate members joined WAN-IFRA in the last 18 months. “This positive development is good news for the association and the relevance of WAN-IFRA’s programs in a rapidly changing context. It reflects the significant needs of the sector in an accelerated digital transition. The next few months will be critical, but we will not limit our solidarity efforts with our members despite the global economic stress,” said Vincent Peyrègne, CEO of WAN-IFRA.
Contact and Consultations
WAN-IFRA Supervisory Board and Annual Report: Vincent Peyrègne, Executive Director of WAN-IFRA. firstname.lastname@example.org
Press contact World News media Congress 2023: Jen Teo, Deputy Director, WAN-IFRA APAC. email@example.com
About WAN-IFRA WAN-IFRA is the global organization of the world’s press, made up of 3,000 news publishers and technology companies and 60 national publishers’ associations representing 18,000 publications in 120 countries. With a mission to protect the rights of journalists and publishers around the world to operate independent media, WAN-IFRA provides its members with expertise and services to innovate and thrive in a digital world and play their crucial role in society.
About the WAN-IFRA Supervisory Board The Board is designed to represent WAN-IFRA members around the world and help the organization focus on activities that contribute most to WAN-IFRA’s overall objectives. It is responsible for the strategic planning of its programs and sponsorship of the association. It embodies the values and missions of WAN-IFRA and drives its programs and activities. The Surveillance Council has a function of community participation with decision-making power. That power is distributed among all constituencies and communities represented by our Advisory Councils, Regional Committees and Association representatives on the Supervisory Board. current board members
About the World News Media Congress 2023 He 74th World News Media Congress (#WNMC23), which will take place from June 28-30, 2023 in Taipei, Taiwan, is organized by WAN-IFRA, the World Association of News Publishers, in collaboration with Taiwan’s leading media and technology group. United Daily News Group (UDN). The World News Media Congress is the premier annual event for media leaders, bringing together more than 900 publishers and media executives from nearly 60 countries to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the global media industry. the three days program YoIncludes summits for media leaders, editors and women in the news. WAN-IFRA awards several prizes during the event, including the golden feather of liberty, world digital media awards, Editorial leadership of women in the news Awards. The conference incorporates an exhibition of technology and services.