Longstanding NUJ National Executive member and former President Jim Boumelha has been elected the new President of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
Boumelha was elected at the IFJ’s Congress in Moscow today attended by more than 500 representatives of the world’s journalists.
An NUJ spokesman said: ‘Between 1985 and 2007 Jim was elected almost annually to the NEC of the NUJ – the longest serving member on the NUJ leadership. He was also regularly elected to its NEC Emergency Committee.
‘During this period, Jim served on almost every single major committee of the union, in particular the NUJ’s International Committee, which he has chaired for many years. He is also Head of Policy and has much experience of complex legislation, lobbying politicians and public affairs.
‘Although Jim worked for a quarter of a century at the highest level in the NUJ, he remained rooted within the rank and file. He was an active NUJ FoC and branch member and lead the famous three-year strike at Pergamon Press in Oxford- the longest in the union’s history.”
The International Federation of Journalists is the world’s largest organisation of journalists promoting international action to defend press freedom and social justice.
Boumelha replaces Christopher Warren from the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance union in Australia.
Another NUJ stalwart, Aidan White, is currently general secretary of the IFJ.