PHOTOS: New IPI Executive Director, Frane Maroević Meets Nigerian Delegates - 9japarrot


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Friday, 16 September 2022

PHOTOS: New IPI Executive Director, Frane Maroević Meets Nigerian Delegates

At its meeting in New York on 7 September 2022, the Executive Board of the International Press Institute (IPI) appointed Frane Maroević as the organization’s next executive director.

He will take over management of this global network of editors, journalists and media executives from Barbara Trionfi after she steps down at the beginning of November 2022.

The new Executive Director, Maroevic, seized the opportunity to meet with the Nigerian IPI members and others African members calling for support and interest for the organization.

In welcoming the new Director, an Executive Board Chair Khadija Patel said: “Today, independent media and journalists are under attack from more directions than ever before.

“I am looking forward to working with Frane to strengthen IPI’s support for independent media throughout the world. He is clearly committed to defending press freedom and has experience in resolving a wide variety of threats that journalists face today”.

Another Executive member, Raheem Adedoyin, welcoming the new executive director urged him to be more pro-active to the challenges of the body and also in his drive for more membership.  

He, however, assured him of total support from IPI Nigeria.

Maroević brings to this position over 30 years in journalism, media development and press freedom. He developed his passion for journalism and learned the skills, professional standards and values of this profession at the BBC World Service in London. 

In post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina he worked on the reform of public broadcasting, media regulation and managed donor support for independent media. 

As the director of the office of the OSCE media freedom representative, he managed responses to numerous cases of media freedom violations in 54 countries that are part of this intergovernmental organization. 

Just before joining IPI, his work at the Internet and Jurisdiction Policy Network and the Freedom Online Coalition Advisory Network focused on threats to online freedom of expression.

“The IPI is the world’s oldest global press freedom organization and I am deeply honoured to have been chosen as its next executive director,” said Frane Maroević. 

“Attacks on free media are attacks on our societies. I will work with the IPI Board, team and members throughout the world to improve the safety of journalists, to resolve physical, legal, economic, online and multiple other threats faced by the traditional media and the new media actors. 

“In this time of disinformation and cacophony, we need independent media more than ever to shine a light on our world.

“The strength of IPI is having members across the globe who understand the problems faced by journalists in every corner of the world and can develop local solutions. 

“The solidarity of the members and their shared mission ‘to defend media freedom and the free flow of news wherever they are threatened’ means that they are always ready to support and help each other. Together they are an extremely powerful voice for independent media and press freedom.

“I am looking forward to working together with Barbara Trionfi to ensure a smooth transition and to continue and build on the achievements of IPI under her leadership”, concluded Maroević.

The new director also had a one-on-one meeting with Adedoyin with whom he shared his African Agenda, which include regional engagement with African members and  funding of  safety projects for African journalists.

The World Congress (WoCo) was preceded by a Board meeting where the new director's appointment was approved and Vienna, Austria was chosen as the next host country for 2023 World Congress and General Assembly.

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