Toyosi Ogunseye, the Vice President of the World Editors Forum, on Tuesday, made it clear that the group would defend press freedom and support journalists dealing with repressive governments.
Ogunseye while speaking to newsmen noted that the world body would also help newsrooms in developing countries and showcase their potential.
She said, “President, Warren Fernandez, and I will be focusing on press freedom particularly for journalists dealing with repressive governments. Also, we are keen to create development and exchange opportunities for journalists in different parts of the world. In addition, we will be giving support to as many newsrooms as we can by showcasing their great journalism and talents.”
Ogunseye, who is the British Broadcasting Corporation West Africa head was elected the Vice President of the WEF on Saturday during the annual summit of the group in Scotland, while Warren Fernandez the Editor of the Straits Times, was elected president.
After the emergence of the duo, the former President of the WEF, Dave Callaway, said he was leaving the world body in safe hands.
He said, “Warren and Toyosi’s elections ensure WEF is in good hands as we encounter the challenges of the next two years. With media freedom under attack from all sides, a diverse, experienced leadership is what we need to help bring our industry together and take it forward.”
Ogunseye also made the following tweet;
“This morning, the @WorldEditors board voted Warren Fernandez @theSTeditor as President and me as Vice President. Warren and I are pleased to serve and humbled to lead the World Editors Forum. #WINSummit19 #WNMC19.”