Delegates from 187 countries voted on Thursday, 13 June 2019, to elect Omar Faruk Osman, Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) to its global leadership.
Osman was able to muster 192 votes needed to win out of the 216 votes cast by delegates from 187 nations from across the world during the 30th World Congress Journalists in Tunis.
NUSOJ Secretary General secured the shock win following massive support from the delegates from the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, South Africa, India and Brazil.
Omar Faruk’s success shows the support and solidarity of the world’s journalists for the NUSOJ and all Somali journalists indicating that the impact of the Somali media globally.
IFJ executive committee elected Youness M’Jahed of Marocco as new Président, first from the African continent since the global voice of journalists was founded in 1926.
NUSOJ was represented at the IFJ Conference 2019 in Tunisia by its its Secretary General, Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Organising Secretary, Awil Mohamud and Farah Lamane, secretary of the treasury.
The IFJ, the global voice of journalists, represents more than 600,000 journalists in 140 countries.