Veteran media worker and award-winning regional journalist Marvin Hokstam is representing the ACM at the General Assembly of the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) in Tirana, Albania this week.
Currently based in the Netherlands, Suriname born Marvin has been associated with the ACM from its early years when he resided in Sint Maarten, where he worked for local and regional media houses for over 20 years, earning five regional media awards.
In the Netherlands since 2012, he now works mainly in educational development and support, but still spends most of his
free time reporting on the Black and other migrant communities.
His journalistic activism has made him a recognised player in the ongoing fight against racism and marginalisation in the Netherlands.
He writes mostly for his own Afrocentric media platform AFRO magazine and One World magazine and provides occasional reports and op-eds for The Daily Herald of Sint Maarten and the Surinamese press.
Marvin holds a seat on the Black Members Council (BMC) of the British National Union of Journalists (NUJ), a European-wide body of Black journalists that monitors racism-free and ethical reporting in the media.
He serves as European representative of the ACM and, in 2017, spearheaded a fundraising effort to help affected Caribbean media workers in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
In 2019 he also represented ACM at the IFEX Biennial General Meeting in Berlin.
The Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) is an international network of journalism support and media development organisations. Member organisations include leading global media development and press freedom groups and act to
gether to support journalism and media through collaboration, knowledge exchange, and advocacy.
The ACM is currently represented on its Steering Committee by Guyanese journalist, Denis Chabrol.
“It is an honour to represent the ACM in Albania this week. It needs no explanation why Caribbean media should hold their fingers to the pulse of media development,” Marvin said.