Swiss journalist Gérald Sapey named president of Reporters Without Borders international council
Gérald Sapey, president of the Swiss section of Reporters Without Borders since 2003, took over as Reporters Without Borders international president on 1 October from Fernando Castello, who held the position for several years.
Sapey was elected for a two-year term by the various Reporters Without Borders country sections.
Before joining Reporters Without Borders as an unpaid member, he edited the Tribune de Genève daily newspaper for 15 years and ran Switzerland’s French-language public radio for seven years.
A graduate in law from the University of Geneva, Sapey trained as a journalist at the Journal de Genève newspaper. After a number of years with the Information and Public Relations Centre and several French-language publications, he went to work for Geneva’s leading daily, La Tribune de Genève, firstly as business editor and then as editor in chief, before finally joining the company that publishes it.
He joined Switzerland’s French-language public radio in 1987 and went on to run it until he retired in 1999. In the course of his career, he has held various other positions in the media world, included that of vice-president of the Swiss Telegraphic Agency and president of the Community of French-language Public Radio Broadcasters.