By: E&P Staff
Mark Fitzgerald, editor-at-large for Editor & Publisher, was elected to the board of directors of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) at its 62nd General Assembly in Mexico City Tuesday.
IAPA, headquartered in Miami Beach, is an organization of news publications from throughout the hemisphere dedicated to defending press freedom and the public?s right to know. Through its Press Institute it also conducts numerous professional development programs for newspaper journalists and executives in Latin America.
IAPA was founded by a small group of journalists, including Robert U. Brown, who was the owner of E&P for decades before it was bought by VNU. Brown is the group?s honorary chairman.
?My election is really a tribute to Bob Brown, and the steadfast and continuing commitment he and Editor & Publisher have to expanding press freedom throughout the hemisphere, and defending journalists and news organizations against the violence, abuse, and intimidation they too often suffer,? Fitzgerald said.
At the Mexico City meeting, which ends with a banquet at the Palace of Fine Arts Tuesday night, Rafael Molina of the Santo Domingo daily El Dia in the Dominican Republic takes over the IAPA presidency from Diana Daniels, general counsel of The Washington Post Co. IAPA presidents serve a single one-year term. Earl Maucker, editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, will head the organization after its 2007 annual meeting.