BRASILIA, Nov 21 (IPS) – Elected by the agency’s global board of directors on November 14, journalist and writer Fernando Morais took on the mission of elevating IPS – Inter Press Service – so that it can face the current challenges and perspectives in which the BRICS are developing, the South is emerging and the Internet is revolutionizing communication in the world. During an official audience at the Planalto Palace, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva met on Monday, November 20 the writer and journalist Fernando Morais, the first Brazilian to assume the role of president of IPS Inter Press Service, one of the international news agencies most committed to democratic communication with developing countries and with civil society in global level.
IPS was established in 1964, in Rome, coinciding with the emergence of the G77 and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
Greeting Morais, President Lula recalled that Brazil, during his first mandate, had been the first country of the South to be part of the central group of countries supporting the IPS.
“I am very happy to see my friend and biographer at the head of an international press agency of this importance. The challenges are indeed enormous, but Fernando and his team will not lack the political and professional capacity to overcome them. At the time, the person who represented Brazil on the agency’s international board of directors was the journalist Carlos Tiburcio, former coordinator of President Lula’s speech team, who participated in the hearing as a member of the board of directors of IPS Latin America and special advisor to Fernando Morais as president of the agency.
The new president of the IPS was born in Mariana, State of Minas Gerais, worked in the main press organizations of Brazil, received the Esso Prize three times, the Abril Prize for Journalism four times and, in 2001, the Jabuti Prize for the book Cœurs sourds. He served as State Representative and Secretary of Culture and Education for San Pablo State. With books published in 38 countries, Morais is the author, among others, of “The Island”, “One Hundred Kilos of Gold”, “Olga”, “The Last Soldiers of the Cold War”, “Chatô” and “Lula, volume 1.”
Morais sees this as a new era for IPS, which was built to increasingly democratize information internationally and give a voice to the voiceless.
– I am committed to maintaining the mission and integrity of the Agency’s values, its multicultural character and its diversity, by revitalizing its role in a world in profound transformation, in which the BRICS are expanding, the countries of the South emerging and the fight against inequalities is developing. getting worse at all levels, he said.
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