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Members of the Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL) elected a new executive for the period 2016-2018 on Sunday.
Miguel Evelyn-Fevrier was elected President, Stan Bishop, Vice President; Jenna-anne Gaston, Secretary; Glen Simon, Treasurer; Rehani Isidore, Communications Officer; and floor member Sharefil Gaillard.
Delivering remarks following the election, Fevrier made a commitment to MASL members to work towards improving the organisation and help to protect the rights of all media practitioners.
Fevrier said he was humbled to manage the affairs of MASL, while admitting, that the last few years have been a tumultuous time for the media on Saint Lucia.
“I’m sure you will agree with me when I say, the fourth estate, is being treated like the number one joke. I say this, not to ridicule, point fingers or lay the blame on any individual or group of individuals, but to highlight the fact that for whatever reason, the spirit of disunity is pervasive among the media fraternity. That, my friends, must, and under our leadership, WILL change,” he asserted.
The new MASL president said moving forward he wants to see that the educational and professional advancement of members remain a key focus of the press association.
Fevrier also registered his disappointment with the fact that media practitioners did not have more input in the various stages of the Broadcast Act, something he hopes to address.
He said he plans to meet with Minister responsible for Information and Broadcasting Dominic Fedee to determine what role the media can play before the bill is enacted.
“To you, colleagues and fellow executive members, let me remind you that no one of us is bigger than this organization, but the survival of this organization depends on each and EVERY one of us.”