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Younes M’Jahed of Morocco elected new IFJ president

14 June 2019

Younes M'Jahed, a journalist at Ittihad Ichtiraki, has been elected as president of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) at the organisation’s Congress in Tunis.

He first joined the IFJ executive committee as an advisor at its Recife Congress in 1998 and was further elected as vice president at Congress in Moscow, 2007, as senior vice -president at IFJ Congress in Dublin in June 2013 and subsequently re-elected in Angers in 2016 .

The NUJ’s Jim Boumelha was reconfirmed as the IFJ’s honorary treasurer. Congratulating Jim, Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, described his election as an indication of the widespread respect for the NUJ candidate throughout the IFJ. She said:

“Jim’s re-election is a vindication of his unstinting work as treasurer and a long serving executive council member. The fact that he was unopposed is a reflection of his incredible work rate”.

Former NUJ president Barry McCall was re-elected to the IFJ Finance Commission, after chairing the outgoing commission for the past three years.

Younes M’Jahed serves as general secretary of the Syndicat National de la Presse Marocaine and was recently elected as president of the National Press Council in Morocco. He takes over from Philippe Leruth, who headed the IFJ from 2016 to 2019. IFJ delegates elected Peruvian Zuliana Lainez as senior vice president and Indian Sabina Inderjit and Russian Timur Shafir as vice presidents.

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