January 29, 2022 – The Association of Caribbean Mediaworkers (ACM) congratulates the Association of Surinamese Journalists (ASJ) upon election of its new executive board.

Elections to fill the positions were held on Saturday, January 29. Vishmohanie Thomas, was elected president and succeeds Carla Boetius who led the organisation since November 2017.

The other board members, all of whom were elected unopposed, are Raoul Lith (vice Chairman), Jason Pinas (secretary), Naomi Hoever (treasurer) and Siphra Goudland (Floor member).

The ACM notes that Jason Pinas, the journalist who was recently at the centre of an assault at the hands of Surinamese government security operatives is also part of the board.

We hope that this new ASJ leadership team will stay on the case and seek assistance where needed to help guard press freedom in Suriname.

The new executive announced its eagerness to engage the two-year term and will begin by seeking amendment of association by-laws so that it should be possible to conduct virtual meetings.

The Covid-19 pandemic had made it impossible to have face-to-face meetings, leading to a delay in the convening of a general assembly of the organistion.

The ACM is ready to assist this young team where needed and is eager to deepen the relationship with ASJ. ACM president Nazima Raghubir wishes the new board her very best and looks forward to meeting and working with the new executive.

Jan, 30, 2022