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New executive director for press body

Published:Sunday | December 21, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Alison Bethel McKenzie (centre), executive director International Press Institute (IPI), Vienna, Austria, shares some pointers with Jenni Campbell (right), president of The Press Association of Jamaica, and Marthy Steffens (left), professor, University of Missouri, journalist, and board member, IPI. - Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer

Barbara Trionfi, deputy director of the International Press Institute (IPI), has been appointed interim executive director of the organisation effective January 1, 2015.

Trionfi, an internationally known and highly respected press-freedom guru, will take over the position held by Alison Bethel McKenzie who has served in the post for the past five years.

"During her five years with the IPI, McKenzie has done a lot to modernise the organisation, leading it to meet the challenges of the 21st Century, being a motor of the IPI's vibrant, annual World Congresses and our chief tough negotiator with those world leaders who still neglect the press-freedom ideas and ignore the professional rights of journalists to freely and safely do their work, and the right of its citizens to know," said Galina Sidorova, chair of the IPI Executive Board.

The IPI, which has been at the forefront of efforts by the Press Association of Jamaica, to ensure the safety of journalists, the decriminalisation of defamation while promoting press freedom and journalism best practices, will be entering its 65th year in 2015. The organisation has vowed to, "develop further cooperation with all its partners, adhere to its existing contracts and agreements and hopefully to make new friends."

The IPI team is also working to prepare for its annual World Congress which will be held in Myanmar from March 27-29, 2015.

The last IPI World Congress was held in South Africa in 2013, with the PAJ president Jenni Campbell representing Jamaica.