Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister to Open IPI World Congress
Annual Meeting Will Feature Stellar Lineup of Speakers
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Trinidad and Tobago’s first female prime minister, will open this year's IPI World Congress, the International Press Institute (IPI) freemedia.atannounced today. Persad-Bissessar, a former attorney general, won a landslide victory in elections in May 2010, pledging to bring transparency and accountability to all areas of government.
IPI's World Congress 2012 - in Port of Spain from 23-26 June - is coming to the Caribbean for the first time. Members of the global press freedom organisation last convened in the Americas in 2000, in Boston.
Titled "Media in a Challenging World: A 360 Degree Perspective," the three-day IPI World Congress will examine the many challenges, concerns and opportunities facing the media in the Caribbean, Latin America, and across the world.
In addition, the Congress will feature a one-day seminar for reporters covering corruption, a press freedom photo exhibition, and a special awards evening honouring IPI's 2012 Free Media Pioneer and World Press Freedom Hero.
As always, the IPI World Congress will feature a stellar line-up of speakers from print, broadcast and online media, as well as renowned figures from the fields of politics, business and academia.
Confirmed moderators, speakers and panelists include:
- Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
- Geoffrey Robertson, human rights lawyer, academic, author and broadcaster
- Jim Clancy, CNN International anchor and correspondent
- Savea Sano Malifa, editor and publisher of the Samoa Observer
- Sheila Coronel, Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and founding director of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalists
- Juanita Léon, founder and director of LaSillaVacia.com in Colombia
- Jacqueline Charles, award winning Miami Herald reporter
- George Brock, Professor and Head of Journalism at City University; former managing editor of The Times, UK
- Marjorie Miller, Latin America and Caribbean Editor, Associated Press (AP)
- Wesley Gibbings, President of the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM)
- Salim Amin, Chairman of A24 Media in Kenya
- Canute James, Director of the University of the West Indies’ Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) and former Caribbean Correspondent for the Financial Times
- John Yearwood, World Editor at the Miami Herald
- Günther Mayr, science journalist, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF)
- Andy Johnson, former CEO, Government Information Services (GIS), and former host of “Morning Edition,” TV6, Trinidad
Early Bird discount rates until 31 January:
Members: US$ 660
Non-Members: US$ 900
Accompanying Persons: US$ 300
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