Delegates of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) convening in Tunis, the Tunisia capital for the IFJ World Congress, have elected a new executive to pilot its affairs for the next three years. Moroccan journalist, Mr. Younes M’Jahed was elected as its new president; with Peruvian journalist, Zuliana Lainez as Senior Vice president; Indian journalist, Sabina Inderjit and Russian journalist, Timur Shafir as Vice Presidents; while British journalist, Jim Boumelha is Honorary Treasurer.
Younes M’Jahed is a journalist at Ittihad Ichtirak. He first joined the IFJ Executive Committee as an advisor at its Recife Congress in 1998. He was later elected as vice president at IFJ congress in Moscow in 2007, and then as senior vice -president at IFJ Congress in Dublin in June 2013 and subsequently re-elected in Angers in 2016.
He also serves as General Secretary of the Syndicat national de la presse marocaine (SNPM ) and was recently elected as President of the National Press Council in Morocco.
Younes M’Jahed is taking over from outgoing President, Philippe Leruth, a Belgian who headed the IFJ from 2016 to 2019.
M’Jahed said: “I will work on consolidating trade unionism and trade unions ‘action, diversify our cooperation and continue what we initiated six years ago: encourage our own bodies as well as regional groups to be more active to enhance democracy in our own bodies.”
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is the world’s largest organisation of journalists. It was established in 1926 and represents around 600,000 journalists in 187 unions and associations accross 146 countries worldwide.