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Panpa Bulletin : February 2006
8 | PANPA BULLETIN February 2006 THE World Association of News- papers has expressed its outrage and sorrow on the car bomb as- sassination of Gebran Tueni, its Board Member for Middle East Affairs. "We condemn in the strongest possible terms the killing of Mr Tueni, an outstanding, brave, and determined publisher and jour- nalist," said WAN, which called on the Lebanese government to do everything possible to ensure that the killers are brought to justice. Mr Tueni was a WAN Board Member for 10 years. In the mid-1990s, he received the WAN "Award for Publishing Achieve- ment" for his courage and perse- verance in bringing out his news- paper, An Nahar, throughout the Lebanese civil war. He was for many years a leading member of the WAN Press Freedom Com- mittee and participated in press freedom missions to China and Algeria, among others. "The world press community has lost one of its great defenders of press freedom and freedom of expression. Mr Tueni's death is a terrible loss not only for his fam- ily, friends and colleagues, but for the cause of freedom and hope in the Middle East," WAN stated "Gebran Tueni knew very well that he was a 'high priority' target for the killers trying to undermine the political process in Lebanon. He nevertheless chose to stay at the helm of his newspaper, which under his leadership was a bea- con for independent journalism in the Arab world. "Just last month, Gebran was asked by Timothy Balding, Direc- tor General of WAN, how he found the courage to go on working un- der serious threat of death, He re- plied: 'What else should I do? I'm happy. My newspaper, by telling the truth, has been key as a cata- lyst in the progress towards real independence for my country. Af- ter all these years of conflict, that's something we can be proud of. "Gebran is the fourth journalist who has criticised Syrian influence in Lebanon to be attacked since the February 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Har- iri; his death follows the murder in June of An-Nahar columnist Samir Qassir. WAN calls on the Lebanese government to quickly find the killers and bring them to justice. It also calls on the United Nations to pursue its investigation of Syria and to take appropriate action against the regime. "Gebran's colleagues at WAN express their profound condo- lences and grief to his family, col- leagues and friends. The world press community has lost a fine and brave man." Murder of Lebanese publisher condemned THE CityNews, a media icon in the national capital (Canberra, Australia) for more than a dec- ade, has a new lease of life. The paper has been acquired by Macquarie Publishing Pty Lim- ited, a joint venture between cur- rent owner Michael Hawke and Ian Meikle, a former managing director of The Canberra Times. "We plan to consolidate our position as the premier niche publisher in the ACT," said Mac- quarie Publishing's managing director Michael Hawke. Mr Hawke is the founder of CityNews. Canberra raised and educated, he has had a long and highly successful career in own- ing and operating newspapers in regional Queensland and Bris- bane. He has mainstream media experience as a senior member of the management executive of News Limited's Sunday Sun and Daily Sun in Brisbane. "The new partnership brings together two highly experienced media practitioners with an abiding belief in the future of our marvellous city," he said. "The skills of Macquarie Pub- lishing's principals will give The CityNews the best opportunity of growing stronger with the as- pirations of Canberra. "Alternative media choices are hard fought in Canberra, but we are proud that the CityNews has developed a loyal reader- ship of close to a 100,000 and a very supportive and solid ad- vertising base. "It's good that people know there's a viable media choice to communicate with this com- munity. "Over coming months we plan to improve and refine the appeal of the flagship paper and develop new niche publishing opportunities for Macquarie." The formation of Macquarie Publications marks the return of Ian Meikle to Canberra in the role of chairman. Meikle also has a long career in newspaper management hav- ing edited The Advertiser, Ad- elaide; The Australian, Sydney; been managing director of The Canberra Times and Group MD of Pacific Publications, Austral- ia's second-largest magazine company; was founding chair- man of the new Adelaide news- paper The Independent Weekly and is a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the me- dia and the community. "I am personally and profes- sionally pleased to be working in Canberra again and the gift of having been away for a few years is that I can see marvellous re- gion-wide opportunities for the CityNews and our other inter- ests." Meikle said. "CityNews provides a weekly local news and lively features and arts digest printed on quality stock with first-class reproduc- tion that can hold its head up anywhere in the country. "It has survived for 11 years be- cause it has continued to innovate where others have fallen by the wayside. Michael Hawke has done a brilliant job to get the paper into the fine shape it is today. CityNews change of ownership Kick a goal IFRA is giving newspaper publish- ers a chance to showcase their efforts over the Football World Cup starting June 9. They have an- nounced the first Ifra Cross Media Awards Competition The concept is to present to the industry new and successful trends in multiple -- media sports coverage, and what news organisations can learn from these best practice exam- ples for future sports coverage. The competition will be seg- mented by circulation of newspa- pers and judged on the degree of innovation and creativity -- and how the success of the project affected circulation, advertising sales before and during the event. An international jury of news- paper specialists, industry consult- ants and Ifra personnel will judge the competition. "An event like the World Cup really brings forth the inherent strengths of a newspaper," said Dietmar Schantin, Director of IfraNewsplex. There will be a special presenta- tion of the winners during Ifra Expo 2006 in Amsterdam, October 9.