— Chabrol to serve as floor member
By Ravin Singh in Jamaica
PRESIDENT of the Guyana Press Association (GPA) Nazima Raghubir has been elected first vice-president of the Association of Caribbean Media workers (ACM), the regional press body.
At the elections which were held on Saturday in Barbados, Raghubir replaced fellow Guyanese Denis Chabrol, who will also serve on the new executive as a floor member.
The new executive will have at its helm, Antigua and Barbuda’s Anika Kentish for the 2018-2020 term.
Other persons who were elected include: Second vice-president,Kern Mason (Grenada); General-Secretary, Jewel Forde (Barbados); Assistant General- Secretary , Jean-Phares Jerome (Haiti); and floor member,Wesley Gibbings (Trinidad & Tobago), who is the immediate past president.
With training of local journalists being at the forefront of her agenda for the GPA, Raghubir said her new position with the ACM will allow the local press body to benefit from expert and specialised training.
“Being elected to serve [ACM] once again gives me and the GPA a chance to coordinate with our regional and international counterparts. GPA for instance has an intense training schedule planned for this year and being part of [the] ACM ensures that we continue to benefit from expert and specialised training,” she shared.
Raghubir, who previously served as a floor member, said she wants to work along with her colleagues to maintain the ACM’s status quo as a “strong, vibrant, and independent” association that not only represents media workers across the Region, but also advocates for their rights and well-being.
The ACM is a contributor to many press freedom indexes and assists international watchdog agencies in analysing the media landscape and culture in the Region.
She added that currently, media and media associations around the world remain vulnerable for many reasons, and the diversity in the new executive provides an opportunity for the regional media fraternity to remain resilient.
She referenced the fact that just recently, the newly appointed President, Anika Kentish of Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana’s Denis Chabrol, Barbados’s Julian Rogers and Wesley Gibbings of Trinidad and Tobago, coordinated hurricane relief for media workers in the Region.
“So this is just one of the many ways, as a media association, we have been able to work,” she said.
Raghubir, whose media career started in 2002 shortly after she left high school, is the first female president of the GPA. She was elected in early January.