The journalist and director of the magazine atalayar.com Javier Fernández Arribas has been re-elected president of the International Press Club for the next two years. The renewal of the position has taken place this morning automatically as he was the only candidate presented.
In addition, the Board of Directors is maintained and will be formed by the following journalists: Pedro González Martín and Muriel Feiner Friedman, as 1st and 2nd Vice-Presidents, respectively; Carmen Chamorro García, Secretary General; Juan Cacicedo Piedrahita, Treasurer; and Javier Martín Domínguez, Elisa Loncan Molleda, Abuy Nfubea and Hamid Bellahcene El Hamse, as members.
Javier Fernández Arribas joined the International Press Club as president at the end of 2021. After the new trust placed in him, Fernández Arribas expressed his gratitude and enthusiasm and expressed his desire and that of his team to continue working, internally for the more than 200 members; and externally, for the defence of the profession and freedom of expression as key axes for democratic health.
This Club, born in 1962 with the aim of strengthening relations between foreign correspondents and Spanish journalists, will maintain its traditional and prestigious annual awards, whose 2023 edition was recently celebrated. And among the different initiatives that will be launched, commented Fernández Arribas, will be to merge the Club and the Association of Foreign Correspondents chaired by Bertrand de la Grande, to increase the number of members and to convert the Club into a space for debate and meeting on issues of social interest and concern to society.
Javier Fernández Arribas, who has received important awards such as the European Salvador de Madariaga Award, the UNICEF National Communication Award, the Antena and the Golden Microphone of the Spanish Federation of Radio and Television Associations, collaborates with different media such as Onda Madrid, where he directs the programme "De cara al mundo", the Vocento group, Diariocrítico or TVE as a political analyst.
He is an expert in national political, security, defence and international news and founder and director of the Espama Comunicación agency. He was also director of news at Punto Radio (2004-2010); deputy director of the Colpisa agency (1998-2004); deputy director of news at Onda Cero (1992-1998); and diplomatic and international correspondent at COPE (1979-1990) and at El Independiente (1990-91).
As a writer, he has written the works "Casco azul, soldado español" and "Misión Líbano", on the work of Spanish soldiers in the Balkans and Lebanon, respectively. He has also directed studies on "How to report on violence against women in relationships" and "How to report on childhood and violence".