The Association of Caribbean Media Workers Gets 1st Female President

The Association of Caribbean Media Workers recently elected their first female president, veteran Antiguan journalist and broadcaster Anika Kentish.

Also elected unopposed were First Vice-President (Finance) Nazima Raghubir, the president of the Guyana Press Association (GPA) and General Secretary Jewel Forde (Barbados).

Kern Mason, the president of the Media Workers of Grenada, was elected Second Vice President and Jean-Phares Jerome of Haiti is the Assistant General Secretary.

Outgoing President Wesley Gibbings (Trinidad & Tobago) and incumbent Second Vice President, Denis Chabrol of Guyana were elected as executive floor members.

On her accession to leadership of the regional umbrella media body, Kentish paid tribute to immediate past president Wesley Gibbings, saying she was “honoured and humbled to walk in his footsteps“.

“Despite his short stature, he is agiant in media,” she said, describing him as a “consummate professional andchampion of the free press”.

Among priorities she identified for the executive’s attention are the reestablishment and redevelopment of several media organisations across the region, in addition to a continued need for training of journalists and the promotion of ethical standards.

We don’t want to stay stagnant. We want to stay relevant and increase our membership,” Kentish added.

Kentish said she was troubled by downsizing of the media industry in the Eastern Caribbean, with recent developments in her native Antigua, which has from “one to zero daily newspapers“. The Daily Observer just announced it was publishing three days a week and running three digital only editions.

She made an appeal for the rival media associations in Dominica to end their public feud and find common ground towards building a “strong, formidable, representative body” and make a united effort to promote media development in Dominica.

The new president pledged the association’s support in assisting in the creation or rebirth of functioning press associations in her native Antigua and Barbuda, along with St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The election process was presided over by Amanda Laurence of UNIC, assisted by Erika Walker of UNESCO.

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