Posted by: africanpressorganization | 31 May 2010

Somalia’s Omar Faruk Elected to IFJ’s Top International Executive Board




Somalia’s Omar Faruk Elected to IFJ’s Top International Executive Board



MOGADISHU, Somalia, May 31, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) Secretary General Omar Faruk Osman was elected to the International Executive Board of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) during its World Congress held in Cadiz, Spain, from May 25 to 28.

The World Congress, which was attended by hundreds of delegates representing over 600,000 member journalists in 120 countries worldwide, elected Omar Faruk Osman as Executive Member with a very significant majority in a contest.

Omar Faruk was elected in a platform of defending and deepening human and trade union rights of journalists, bringing fresh blood within the global journalists movement, tackling safety calamities against journalists, organising unorganised journalists and promoting social justice and welfare of all media workers, especially those working in conflict zones.

Being part of Somalia delegation and supported by journalists unions from Africa and the Arab World, Omar Faruk said: “I’m very delighted to be part of the top leadership of the world journalists’ body, IFJ, and I receive with full contentment the mandate to defend our right to free and fearless journalism and push forward human and democratic rights of journalists nationally, continentally and internationally”.

“It is a pride to be Somali, it is great honour to be a journalist and it is a privilege and a great sense of duty that I am elected to the top executive body of this prestigious federation and to work alongside dynamic and visionary leadership of the global journalists body” he added. 

Omar Faruk is currently the president of the Federation of African Journalists (FAJ), which is the African regional organisation of the IFJ.  



The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)


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