The Jakarta Post
Editors from 15 news organizations across Asia, including The Jakarta Post’s chief editor Nezar Patria, have agreed to set up a new Asian chapter of the World Editors Forum (WEF), a grouping of editors under the auspices of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).
The editors met in the newsroom of Singapore daily The Straits Times on Tuesday to discuss the formation of the group, its goals and objectives, and some areas they might work together on.
The editors said in a joint statement released on Wednesday that they agreed the new chapter would help newsrooms to collaborate when addressing issues such as safeguarding press freedom and credibility, growing newsroom resources and responding to changes in communications technology.
The members of the group also planned to endorse and promote World News Day in the region, forge partnerships with leading media schools to promote journalism as a profession and partner with social and philanthropic foundations to help make training and development programs more widely accessible to newsrooms and journalists.
The editors also elected Warren Fernandez, editor-in-chief of Singapore Press Holdings' English, Malay and Tamil Media Group and editor of The Straits Times, as the founding chairman of the WEF Asia chapter.
The other founding members of the WEF Asia Chapter are Antara news agency president director Meidyatama Suryodiningrat, Bangkok Post editor Soonruth Bunyamanee, Bernama news agency chief executive Nurini Kassim, The Phnom Penh Post chief executive officer Tayseng Ly and South China Morning Post editor-in-chief Tammy Tam. (kmt)