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Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Waida, Gitagama join IPI board for Africa - ITREALMS

Nigerian and Kenyan candidates have been elected into the International Press Institute (IPI) Board at the just concluded 2019 IPI World Congress in Geneva, Switzerland for Africa, reports ITREALMS.

The publisher People’s Daily Newspaper, and Chairman, Board of Management, News Agency Of Nigeria (NAN) Alhaji Maida Waida and the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), Nation Media Group, Kenya, Stephen  Gitagama were elected to represent Africa on the board of the International Press Institute (IPI), reports ITREALMS

Specifically, for Nigeria, Alhaji Wada replaced Mallam Kabiru Yusuf, who was hitherto on the board.

ITREALMS correspondent in Geneva also reports that the General Assembly of IPI ratified the election of  Maria  Ressa of Rappler.com into the new Board and nine journalists were re-elected from Slovakia, Norway, South Korea, United Kingdom, Turkey, Germany, Japan, Spain and Switzerland into the board. 

ITREALMS gathered that earlier, the Chairman Board of Management, Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Mallam Ismail Isa and Alhaji Kabiru Yusuf were sighted rallying support for the Nigerian candidate ahead of the opening ceremony and General Assembly of IPI at the UN headquarters in Geneva.

The new Management Board Of IPI are expected to work assiduously towards the goal of Press Freedom and add values to the ideals of the global media organization in their countries and the collective across the world. 

The Assembly approved the entry of  Tanzania and Czech Republic into IPI community and equally accepted resolutions on press freedom in Egypt as well as the abuse on Espionage Act over Wikileaks case. It condemned in strong terms all charges under the Espoinage Act against Julian Assange. 

The General Assembly further agreed to issue statements on the Freedom of the Press and Journalists harassment as well as intimidation of Journalists in Cameroon and Sudan. 

It observed a minute silence in honour of two IPI heroes who died recently in South Africa and South Korea, namely Raymond Louw and S-Whan Hyon respectively.

The Nigerian delegates to the 2019 IPI World Congress was led  by Mallam Kabiru Yusuf, Managing Director/CEO cum Board member Daily Trust Newspaper and President, IPI Nigeria. 

Others were Alhaji Wada Maina, Former Managing Director, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Sir Folu Olamiti , Former Editor Nigerian Tribune Newspapers  and Media  Consultant,  Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, Alhaji Muhammed Idris , Publisher Blue Print Newspapers , Steve Ayorinde,Former Lagos state Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr. Qasim Akinreti, Chairman Nigeria Union Of Journalists, Lagos State Council, Muhammed Mustapha Shehu, Publisher The Politico Magazine, Eniola Bello, Managing Director THISDAY newspapers and Osawaru Okunzuwa, MD Community Media based in Benin, Edo State. 

IPI World Congress 2019 was supported by over 20 media organizations including European Broadcasting Union, EBU Channels Television, Nigeria and Aljazeera Media Network among others. 

10 presentations were made based on the theme of the Congress “ Building Alliances For Independent Media" while two  awards on World Press Freedom Hero 2019 and Free Media Pioneer Award  2019 were presented to Cyril Almeida, Columist and Assistant Editor , Dawn Pakistan and Lina Attalah, Co founderwand Editor in chief , Mada Masr, Egypt.

*Qasim Akinreti reporting from Geneva, Switzerland/Editor 

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