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CEO of “Vijesti” in Supervisory Board of World Association of News Publishers

21st June, 2022

CEO of “Vijesti” Independent Daily and TV Vijesti Marijana Bojanic was elected a new member of the Supervisory Board of the World Association of News Publishers – WAN-IFRA.

WAN-IFRA is a global organization of global publishers, based in Paris, whose mission is to protect the rights of journalists and publishers around the world in managing independent media.

In addition to Bojanic, 10 other Board members were elected at the annual meeting of the Association, among others, from the United States, Egypt, Colombia, India, Lebanon, Kenya, and the Board members includ e Der Standard (Austria), Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung (Germany), BBC (the United Kingdom).

“Membership in the Board of such a significant world organization is a great honour for Montenegro, Vijesti and for me personally. For years, the printed media have faced difficulties in functioning, the biggest of which is the global decline in circulation, the enormous rise in the price of paper and its difficult purchase. The decline in revenues, and the rise in costs, inevitably lead to a decrease in the number of employees in newsrooms around the world. On the other hand, the portals of renowned media companies have unfair competition which takes over media content created in serious newsrooms and which endangers business operations, and thus the content that should be of public interest. These are not just the problems of Montenegro, but of the media around the world, too. This is the reason why I see the membership in the Board of this organization as a chance to work together in the best interest of the public who have the right to know timely, accurate and verified information, which can only be obtained from serious newsrooms adhering to codes of ethics and the rules of the profession, “Bojanic said on the occasion.

As pointed out in the statement of the Association, the changes in the Management Board signal the constant commitment of WAN-IFRA to fulfilling its strategic plan for diversity and inclusion started in 2017 and ensure that the Association has additional skills and experience to support future development in different parts of the world.

“Today’s announcement enhances our ongoing efforts to expand the expertise and diversity of our Board and confirms that an increasing number of women occupy high positions in the media. However, we are far from the parity that we aspire to as an industry. I hope that this and future elections will lead the way, “said Vincent Pereinj, CEO of WAN-IFRA.

The WAN-IFRA Department for Media Freedom promotes equality, safety, and stability through a portfolio of media-related business activities in over 25 countries.

WAN-IFRA has a global network of three thousand publishing companies and entrepreneurs in the field of technology, and 60 publishing associations representing 18,000 publications in 120 countries around the world.