WAN-IFRA INAUGURATES NEW PRESIDENT
By: Thembelenkosini Makhuba
The World News Congress held by WAN-IFRA World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers took place from the 7-9 June 2017, at the Durban International Convention Center.
This was the second time the congress has come to the African continent following the success of the Cape Town event in 2007
Former WANIFRA President Tomas Brunegard formally handed over the reigns to Michael Golden at the World News Congress Gala.
“It’s a little bit painful to hand this Gavel over to someone else. After all these (14) years you feel like you own this organization,” said Brunegard.
The former president thanked his associates and the audience saying that running WAN-IFRA is not a one-man show.
“I’m going to hand over this torch to you. It’s very symbolic because it’s to wish you good luck and all the best,” said Brunegard, as he welcomed Golden to the stage.
Golden is the vice chairman of the board of the New York Times Co.
“I thank you sincerely,” said Golden. “You have kept the torch of press freedom at the very front (and) that’s a model I intend to continue because that is our highest and best calling.”
Other speakers at the Gala included Bongani Soqoko, editor of the Sunday Times South Africa.
Siqoko said sang praises to Brunegard proclaiming how changed lives every day when he walked in the office.
Attendees of the Gala included members of the International Center for Journalists and Gizmodo Media Group.
The congress is part of a broader plan to expand activities in Africa and connect with colleagues who are leading media transformation across the continent.