MRA’s Executive Director Steps Down after 12 Years as Board Member of International Media Support

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Outgoing, incoming and other members of the IMS Board at its December 11, 2023 meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark

The Executive Director of Media Rights Agenda (MRA), Mr. Edetaen Ojo, has stepped down from the Board of the International Media Support (IMS), an international non-profit organization based in Copenhagen, Denmark, working to strengthen the capacity of media to reduce conflict, strengthen democracy and facilitate dialogue in countries around the world.

Mr. Ojo is stepping down from the Board after more than 12 years, having been appointed to the Board in March 2011.

IMS is the largest media development organisation in the Nordic region, working with local media and media support organizations in more than 30 countries across four continents, where independent media face the greatest risks and challenges, such as countries experiencing armed conflict, humanitarian crises, rapid political change or authoritarian rule.

Mr. Ojo stepped down from the IMS Board this year along with three other members – Mr. Andrew Puddephatt, a renowned internet policy expert in the United Kingdom and  Executive Chair of the Advisory Board of Global Partners Digital (GPD) in London, who also chaired the IMS Board until he stepped down on December 11, 2023; Ms Ann-Magrit Austenå, a former President of the Norwegian Union of Journalists and currently Secretary-General of the Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers (NOAS), who also served as Vice Chair of the IMS Board until this year; and Mr. Gene Kimmelman, an American lawyer who is President and CEO of Public Knowledge and has previously served as Chief Counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division under the Obama Administration.

A farewell dinner was held for the outgoing Board members in Copenhagen on December 11, 2023.