The Executive Board’s role is to implement the main actions adopted by the General Assembly. Composed of twenty-five board members elected for two years by secret ballot, it sets the objectives and the action plan of the association. Executive Board members meet at least four times a year.
All active members, up to date with their dues, can be candidates for the Executive Board.
Journalist at France Inter
Member of the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE)
Former President, RSF Switzerland
Founder, Burundian newspaper Iwacu
Journalist, Honorary President of the Foreign Press Association
Journalist and former Paris bureau chief for the New York Times
Lawyer specializied in human rights on the internet
Former Director of Reuters Europe
Associated Press Paris Bureau Chief
News Director, Agence France Presse
CBS correspondent in Paris and Dart Center representative
Former news director at Radio-Canada
Chairman of the Management Board of Le Monde group
Founder, Monday Note newsletter
Journalist and presenter at Arte
Turkish journalist and columnist
Journalists Training Center Director (CFJ)
Director, Radio France International (RFI)
Founder of the agency Première Lignes
Founder of the association African Journalists in Exile (JAFE)
Lawyer and teacher of media law
RSF International and RSF Germany President
EDITH RODRIGUEZ CACHERA
RSF Spain Vice-president
Journalist at Romainville webradio
The International Council
Composed of RSF's country sections, this council determines the main orientations and actions of International Reporters Without Borders. It meets three times a year and approves the statement of accounts for the past year as well as the budget for the following year.
President, RSF Germany
Journalist at France Inter
EDITH RODRIGUEZ CACHERA
Former President, RSF Spain
President, RSF Austria
President, RSF Spain
President, RSF Sweden
President, RSF Finland
President, RSF Switzerland
RSF Switzerland Former President
The Emeritus Council
Through their positions and their actions, the members of the Emeritus Council of Reporters Without Borders embody the fight for freedom of information and the defense of human rights. The vocation of the Emeritus Council is to support and enrich the fight of Reporters Without Borders.
French lawyer, senator and former Minister of Justice, Robert Badinter has worked all his life to promote public freedoms. A major figure in the defense of human rights, he is at the origin of the bill for the abolition of the death penalty in France.
Italian writer and journalist Roberto Saviano has been living in an undisclosed location since 2006, following the publication of his bestseller Gomorra, in which he accurately described the criminal activities of the Camorra in Naples. He lives under permanent police protection.
Haitian journalist Michèle Montas has denounced and worked against the censorship suffered by information professionals in Haiti. Survivor of an assassination attempt in 2002, she was spokesperson to the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon.
The first African author to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986, Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka is involved in the fight against corruption and the promotion of human rights in the political life of Nigeria. He chaired the African Cultural Community. In Lagos, a center for investigative journalism bears his name.
Wu’er Kaixi was one of the student leaders of the demonstrations in Tian'anmen Square in 1989. Partcipant of a hunger strike during these events, he became a figure of protest by calling out Chinese Premier Li Peng on national television.
First female Iranian judge, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, Shirin Ebadi is an emblematic figure in the defense of human rights in Iran, tirelessly denouncing and combatting violence and censorship.
A former Spanish examining judge, Baltasar Garzon contributed to reporting war crimes committed under Augusto Pinochet in Chile and has revealed cases of corruption, trafficking and fraud on an international scale. He is now Julian Assange's defense team coordinator.
Polish journalist, essayist and historian, Adam Michnik was one of the outstanding figures of the democratic opposition in Poland until 1989. Today he is director of the daily Gazeta Wyborcza as well as an emblematic figure in the fight for cultural, social and political freedoms.
Bangladeshi doctor and woman of letters, Taslima Nasreen has lived in exile since 1994 and currently lives in India. Nasreen's works denounce the violations of fundamental rights in Bangladesh, in particular women’s rights. Her work is part of the fight against the censorship of which she herself is a victim.
Political scientist and former Lebanese Minister of Culture, Ghassan Salamé was special adviser to former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan. A specialist in the political and cultural dynamics of the Middle East, he is a survivor of the explosion that targeted the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad in 2003.
Doyen of the Italian press and former member of the Italian parliament, Eugenio Scalfari participated in the creation and development of the Italian daily La Repubblica and the news magazine L’Espresso. He has constantly fought against political censorship by diversifying the Italian media panorama.
Bosnian journalist Zlatko Dizdarević was chief editor of the daily Oslobođenje, whose building was destroyed on July 20,1992, during the siege of Sarajevo. The editors continued their work from an basement shelter. Former director of the weekly Svijet, he was also Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Croatia.
Recognized for the diversity of her career, whether journalistic, political, diplomatic or cultural, Michaelle Jean was Secretary General of the Organization de la Francophonie (OIF) and Special Representative for Haiti at Unesco.
Argentinian journalist, director of Página 12, president of the Center for Legal and Social Studies, Horacio Verbitsky is an activist for the freedom of information. His investigations uncovered major political corruption scandals in the 1990s.
ALPHA OUMAR KONARE
Former President of The Republic of Mali and former President of the African Union Commission, Alpha Oumar Konaré has been very involved in promoting press freedom in Mali. In the 1980s, he founded and directed the cultural magazine Jamana, then the daily Les Echos, before creating, in 1991, Radio Bamakan, the first associative free radio station in Mali.