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Manorama's Jacob to shepherd world newspaper flock

DUBLIN, Ireland - A leading Indian publisher Jacob Mathew, Executive Editor and Publisher of the Malayala Manorama Group of Publications in Kerala, India, has been elected President of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), the world's largest association of newspaper publishers and editors.

Jacob Mathew

Mr. Mathew, who will begin his two-year term on 1 July, is the first Indian to hold the presidency of the global organisation of the world's press. He will succeed Gavin O'Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of Independent News & Media plc, (Ireland) who has been president since 2004 and notably oversaw the 2009 merger of the World Association of Newspapers with IFRA, the research and service organisation for the news publishing industry.

Mr. Mathew was elected on April 8 by the WAN-IFRA General Assembly of Members, held during the WAN-IFRA Board meeting in Dublin, Ireland. Tomas Brunegård, CEO of the Stampen Group in Sweden, was elected First Vice President.

The Malayala Manorama group publishes Malayala Manorama daily with a circulation of more than 1.9 million copies a day. The group has 50 publications, as well as the 24-hour news broadcast channel Manorama News and FM stations. Manoramaonline is one of the most widely read newspaper websites in India.

Mr Mathew is a trustee of the Press Institute of India/Research Institute for Newspaper Development and is also on the Asian Board of INMA. He is a past president of the Indian Newspaper Society and is a past chairman of the Advertising Standards Council of India.

WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Darmstadt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India, Spain, France and Sweden, is the global organisation of the world¹s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries.

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