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The Star editor first Malaysian on WEF board

Publication Date : 04-09-2012


The Star group's chief editor Wong Chun Wai has been elected into the World Editors Forum (WEF) board, making him the first Malaysian journalist to be elected into the world body.

Paris-based WEF is the organisation within the World Association of Newspapers and New Publishers (Wan-Ifra) that represents editors-in-chief and other senior news executives.

Wong is also among the first few editors from Asia to be elected into the 21-member WEF board, which has been dominated by editors from Europe and the United States.

The election was made on Sunday in Kiev, Ukraine, where more than 1,000 newspaper publishers, chief executive officers and other media leaders have gathered for the global media group conference which started yesterday.

Wan-Ifra represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries.

“It is an honour for The Star and also Malaysia to be elected into a world media body. It is even more satisfying that the decision was made as the nation celebrated its National Day,” said Wong.

Wong, who is also The Star’s executive director, said most media groups including those in Malaysia were now more integrated with newspapers, television, radio, online portals and other media related businesses in the respective companies.

He said media groups in Asia had grown more influential as global attention had shifted to Asia, where economies were performing well.

Wong is also the current chairman on the Bangkok-based Asia News Network, the largest Asian umbrella group of 20 news media organisation including China Daily, The Jakarta Post, The Star and Thailand’s The Nation.

Among WEP’s seven other newly elected board members are Patrick Daniel, editor-in-chief of the English and Malay newspaper divisions of Singapore Press Holdings, Sanjay Gupta, head of India most read Hindi language daily Dainik Jagran, and one of Australia’s highly-regarded women in media, Kylie Davies.

Wong hopes to bring ANN to work closely with Wan-Ifra on regional and global projects that will benefit the industry.

ANN held its first meeting of chief executive officers and those involved in the new media and advertising in Kuala Lumpur recently.


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