Caribbean Journalists to feature at IPI World Congress 2012

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Several Caribbean journalists will be presenters at the International Press Institute (IPI) World Congress 2012 to be held in Trinidad and Tobago, June 23-26.

This was confirmed by the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM) at its executive meeting held in the twin-island republic on the weekend.

Caribbean journalists Wesley Gibbings, Canute James, Andy Johnson and Ken Ali will join a distinguished panel of Congress presenters including Jim Clancy, CNN International Anchor and Correspondent; Catalina Botero, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Organisation of American States; and Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression.

Gibbings, who is President of the ACM, indicated that some 30 journalists from across the region are expected to attend the conference that is being held under the theme, ‘Media in a Challenging World –A 360 Degree Perspective’. Caribbean journalists will join about 400 colleagues from 60 countries.

“As co-host of the conference, ACM has ensured the presentation of a number of topics that we believe are of value to the development of media practitioners in the region,” Gibbings stated. These topics include Criminal Defamation, Role of State Media, as well as Ethics in Online Media.

Kiran Maharaj, chairperson of the organizing committee in Trinidad and Tobago, told the ACM executive that plans to host the IPI congress were well advanced.

IPI is a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists.

In addition to hosting the IPI Congress, ACM’s schedule of activities for this year includes:

*Dissemination of a monthly syndicates press freedom “column” on a multi-media platform

* Hosting of an ACM special congress

*Production of a monthly television and radio discussion programme for region-wide distribution.

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