BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - THE Media Association of St. Kitts and Nevis (MAS) continues to push for representation of journalists in the Federation, as its President, Andre Huie, has been elected to serve on the Association of Caribbean Media Workers.
Resuscitated last year, the MAS has been pushing for more inclusion of media workers in the Federation, and the election of Huie is expected to give the Federation a voice on the regional stage to air concerns and assists in drafting strategies for the regional media landscape.
On Sunday (Mar. 12), the ACM held its Annual General Meeting and Huie gained the support and necessary votes to be elected as a Floor Member.
The Meeting was held in Georgetown, Guyana under the support of the Guyana Press Association (GPA), where the Federation’s media body was represented by Second Vice-President Jermine Abel, who announced the results from Georgetown.
Heading into the Meeting, the Federation had two representatives nominated with the hope of one being elected to serve on the body.
Abel and Huie were the nominees, but in the end it was only Huie who was successful after gaining support from Guyana, St. Kitts-Nevis, Jamaica, Suriname and Grenada, while Abel fell short only gaining the support of St. Kitts-Nevis and Grenada.
“I am happy that the Federation has representation on the ACM, because it provides us a platform at the highest level in the region to bring our problems to, while at the same time seeks to make changes for the media landscape across the Caribbean,” noted Abel.
Surinamese journalist, Harvey Panka was elected to the position of President unopposed, and he promised to continue to build on the work of his predecessor, Nazima Raghubir, who did not seek re-election but was instead elected as First Vice President.
Jamaica’s Milton Walker was elected Second Vice President, while GPA’s Denis Chabrol was elected General Secretary and Trinidad and Tobago’s journalist Soyini Gray was voted in as Assistant General Secretary.
Myriam Malmin of Martinique was elected Second Floor Member along with Andre Huie.
The group now has a mandate to look out for the best interest of media organizations, journalists and media workers across the Caribbean region for the period 2023-2025.
The Guyana Press Association had planned activities around the Annual General Meeting, and this was the first in-person meeting since the onset of the COVID pandemic; also, an Energy Training Workshop was held for regional and local journalists in Guyana.