6th October, 2006.
The streets of St. Paul’s Bay will be buzzing with senior British journalists next week. The journos will be attending the annual conference and annual general meeting of the Chartered Institute of Journalists, the senior professional organization for journalists in the world.
The Chartered Institute is returning to Malta after 35 years. It last held its AGM and annual conference in Malta in 1971, the year Britain decided to join the European Community. Its members are mostly senior journalists and experienced media people.
The conference, at the Grand Hotel Mercure San Antonio, St. Paul’s Bay, will be officially opened at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, 10th October, by the Past President of Malta, Prof. Dr. Guido de Marco.
Prof. de Marco is President of the Strickland Foundation which fosters the freedom of journalism and supports the Arts generally. The Foundation is one of the sponsors of the CIOJ conference.
JOURNALISTS, PHOTOGRAPHERS, CAMERAMEN AND OTHER MEDIA PEOPLE WILL BE WELCOME TO COVER THE OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE AND THE SPEECHES BY PROF. DE MARCO AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHARTERED INSTUTE OF JOURNALISTS, MS. SANGITA SHAH, the third woman President of the Institute since its foundation in 1884.
ANY MEDIA REQUIRING SPECIAL FACILITIES SHOULD CONTACT JOHN SZEMEREY, HON. PRESS OFICER OF THE CIOJ, OR KENNETH BROOKES, CHAIRMAN OF THE CONFERENCE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, at the Grand Hotel Mercure San Antonio, tel. 2158 3434.
The Chartered Institute holds it annual general meeting abroad every second year to make it easier for members living outside Britain to attend. The last overseas conference, in October 2004, was in Berlin, Germany.
This year’s conference will start with a series of working meetings of the Institute’s council, divisions and charities on Monday, 9th October. The main AGM and conference start on Tuesday, 10th October, and will continue till midday on Thursday, 12th October.
In addition to Prof. de Marco, guest speakers will include the British High Commissioner, Nick Archer, and the Malta Minister for Tourism and Culture, the hon. Francis Zammit Dimech.
The programme includes debates on the safety of journalists in hazardous situations and on ageism in journalism.
A lively social programme has been organized for conference participants by the Malta Tourism Authority, which is also a sponsor of the conference. The programme includes two half days of sightseeing, a tasting of Maltese wines in Valletta and a formal gala dinner at the historic Medina Restaurant in Mdina.
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For further information, phone or e-mail John SZEMEREY or Ken BROOKES Tel: 2158 3434 (at the Grand Hotel Mercure San Antonio)
Press release issued on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Journalists, London SE16 2XU