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Reporters Without Borders election of officers

Fernando Castelló re-elected as international president of Reporters Without Borders and Robert Ménard gets new mandate as the organisation’s secretary general

Reporters Without Borders’ international council, which met in Paris on 24 March 2006, renewed the mandate of its international president, Fernando Castelló for two years.

Mr. Castelló, 66, has been international president of the organisation since 1997. The Spanish national headed the international news agency EFE from 1992 to 1999. He is currently a contributor to the daily El País.

Michel Schweri, 46, a journalist on the Swiss daily Le Courrier, was re-elected as international treasurer, a post he has held since March 1998.

Rubina Möhring and François Bugingo were elected vice-presidents. Mrs Möhring, 56, is culture and science editor of the TV channel ORF/3sat. Mr Bugingo, 32, is presenter of a geo-political programme “Points Chauds” on Télé-Québec.

Robert Ménard, founder of Reporters Without Borders and head of the French section, was re-elected as secretary general of Reporters Without Borders International for five years.

Reporters Without Borders’ international council meets in Paris twice a year and comprises the presidents of the nine national sections (Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland) and the representatives of offices in London, Washington and New York.

Reporters Without Borders has a network of more than 120 correspondents and also works in close cooperation with local and regional press freedom organisations, members of the “Reporters Without Borders network” in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Burma, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Pakistan, Peru, Romania, Russia, Somalia, Tunisia and the United States.

Reporters Without Borders is recognised as an organisation serving the public interest and has consultative status with the UN. In 2005, the European Parliament awarded Reporters Without Borders the Sakharov Prize.

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