SEOUL 17 APRIL – Ashraf Aboul Yazid from Egypt has been appointed as the new President of Asia Journalist Association (AJA) for the term 2016/18.
Ashraf, the winner of the Arab Journalism Award in Culture 2015 and Manhae Grand Prize In Literature 2014, was announced as the new president at the General Assembly of AJA on the 15 April. He took over Ivan Lim Seng Choo from Singapore who has been leading the association from 2009-2016.
Meanwhile, Norila Daud, the former president of Malaysia National Union of Journalists ( NUJ), and who has served AJA for seven years since 2009 as Vice President, has been appointed Senior Vice President of AJA association.
The Acting President is Eddy Suprapto from Indonesia. He has served AJA as Vice President for the past three terms
Bishnu Nishturi from Nepal has been appointed as Senior Vice President too.
AJA has also appointed the poet and publisher, Pooney Nedai from Iran as the new Vice President.
Meanwhile, Seok-Jae Kang from Korea retains his Vice President seat since he started serving AJA in 2004.
The AJA General Assembly also announced the appointment of two AJA advisors. They are film director from India, Pramod Mathur, and Nasir Aijaz, a journalist from Pakistan.
AJA holds its general assembly once in every two years at its secretariat office in Seoul, South Korea. AJA was established in 2004 with its first president, Lee Sang Kee from Korea (2004-2009) and the honorary president Ivan Lim , 2009-2016.
AJA has its membership spread through the region including Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Egypt, Iran and Lebanon