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					              Global Editors Network (GEN)
          Réseau Mondial des Rédacteurs en Chef
                                  STATUTES

                 Preamble and Manifesto of the Association

The Global Editors Network (GEN) is founded on the following manifesto:

      We, the editors-in-chief and senior news executives founding the Global Editors
      Network (GEN), are convinced that news producers and newsrooms across all
      platforms - print, broadcast, online, mobile and wire services - face comparable
      challenges.

      Because digitalization and broadband access accelerate media convergence, we
      are members of the same community, all driven by a journalistic imperative and
      a common goal: Content and Engagement First!

      As we are entering a new era for content across multiple platforms, we
      will:

      -   break the barriers between editors of old and new media, print and digital,
          general interest and specialized publications, free and paid business models,
          profit and non-profit organizations, international and local media outlets;

      -   understand the new news ecosystem based on immediacy, information
          overload and disintermediation: media are no longer middlemen and users
          blur the lines between production and consumption in a new world of
          prosumption;

      -   define a vision for the future of journalism, cross-media strategies, attention
          and audience analysis, newsroom management, dynamics of the news
          business and ethical values. Lack of vision is the worst that can happen to
          our community;

      -   welcome new players within the newsroom’s collective intelligence:
          engineers, developers, visual designers, apps-makers, community managers,
          curators, aggregators, researchers and other practitioners of the link
          economy who enrich our vision;

      -   enhance the quality of journalism in its different dimensions:
          newsgathering, news curation, storytelling, fact and data checking,
          designing, moderating and sharing, regardless of the platform, browser or
          application used;




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-   continue experimentation and innovation. We consider that mobility, users’
    engagement, personalization, location-based news, data-driven journalism
    and rich media are key to the future of journalism;

-   encourage mutualisation and cooperation between media. Among us, we are
    not competitors, but… potential partners. Resulting in the emergence of a
    new culture among senior news executives and new cross-offerings for
    consumers;

-   convince media owners that slashes in editorial expenses are no longer a
    good answer for media outlets because - even for digital natives – content
    and engagement will make the difference, not only the technology;

-   stop acting like victims of disruptive technologies or lack of citizenship. We
    are optimistic about the new digital tools and the new channels of
    distribution offered to us as news producers;

-   reinforce the pillars of credibility of our profession based on context,
    accuracy, relevance, reliability, loyalty to the audience, effectiveness and
    connectedness, as citizens’ distrust is the main threat for our civil societies.


We know that we are accountable to the public and that sustainable
journalism is at risk. For those reasons, we aim to represent the
community of editors internationally and we will:

-   create a global network of current national organizations of editors and
    assist our colleagues in establishing a local organization or guild of editors;

-   become the “voice of editors” and start a dialogue - on an equal basis - with
    publishers and journalists, suppliers and search organizations, governments
    and NGOs, bloggers and citizens for maintaining the highest professional
    standards;

-   back independent media, especially when pressured by elected or non-
    elected powers. In case of media concentration, we will ask for guidelines
    defending transparency, ethical rules, editorial autonomy and self-
    regulation processes;

-   defend vibrant journalism, hunger for news and media literacy, a necessity
    to build stronger democracies. Investigation, protection of sources and
    respect of privacy must remain high-priority issues for the 21st century
    Fourth Estate.

In conclusion, our conviction is that - alongside the digital revolution -
editorial quality and sustainable journalism will be saved by journalists
and news producers themselves. This is why The Global Editors Network
(GEN) has been created.

The Global Editors Network and the freedom of media:


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       Activities of the Global Editors Network (GEN) are based on freedom of expression
       regardless of frontiers, as stated in article XIX of the UN Universal Declaration of
       Human Rights (10 December 1948). Free access to information and independence
       of the news media are and will remain the main credo of the Global Editors
       Network and we will back all efforts to enhance press freedom worldwide. The
       association will encourage multilateral cooperation and will collaborate with
       current press freedom bodies and media development practitioners.


                          Article 1 – Designation and logo

An Association, governed by the French law of July 1, 1901 and the decree of August
16, 1901 is created between the founder members in these statutes (individual
members see Article 8), which is called:
      - Global Editors Network in English,
      - Réseau Mondial des Rédacteurs en Chef in French.

The acronym in all languages is based on the English name: GEN.

Other trademark names can be used by the Association, as Editors Network or The
Editors Network.

The Association’s logos are based on the English names.


               Article 2 - The Association’s founding principles

The Association’s fundamental conviction is that editors-in-chief in different editorial
offices : press agencies, television, radio, daily newspapers and magazines, suppliers of
online editorial content or mobile platforms should come together and exchange in
order to define both the conceptual and operational:
- Future of journalism and the deontology of information professionals,
- Relationship between news media and their readers, viewers, listeners and users,
- Emergence of new economic models to sustain quality journalism,
- Role of the news media in democratic societies or in the process of democratization,
- Protection of the moral and economic interests of independent news media.

Together, editors-in-chief will be stronger to dialogue with all the players in the news
sector: editors, media suppliers, governments, legislators, citizens and other news
professionals.

As said in the preamble, the Association adheres to the principles of Article 19 of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was ratified on December 10 1948:
‘Everyone has a right to freedom of opinion and expression, this right includes freedom to hold
opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information through any media
and regardless of frontiers’.


             Article 3 – The Association’s purpose and activities


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  The Association’s purpose is to promote freedom of information and the values of
  quality journalism as stipulated in the preamble and the fundamental principles
  mentioned above.

  The Association acts with and for the community of editors in chief (‘our community’
  in the following articles) as well as all the producers of editorial content.

  The Association’s purpose is performed through specific activities, notably:

 Organizing international and national conferences or events (conferences,seminars,
  workshops, study trips, etc) focused on the editorial strategies of our community and
  the other partners in the news media,
 The creation of national associations or organizations of editors-in-chief in countries
  which do not have these structures (association building) and setting up a
  supranational organisation: The Global Editors Network (GEN),
 Exchanging best journalistic and management practices within the existing newsrooms
  or future forms of cooperation on the Internet and mobile platforms,
 The supply of tools – both intellectual and operational – permitting the development of
  free independent media which is respectful of journalistic deontology at the worldwide
  level,
 Training - through an Editors’ Institute - on media strategies, newsroom integration,
  new information platforms and social networking technologies when are of service to
  journalists, user-consumers and citizens,
 Certification of training sessions and courses for our community and for journalists,
 Participating in research activities connected to editorial content through
  collaboration with universities, media groups or national and international
  organizations,
 Setting up an Editors’ Lab focused on the development of mutualised services,
  applications and content management systems for the news industries,
 Setting up an Editors’ Marketplace, transactional platform between our community and
  the suppliers of the news industries,
 Compiling, publishing and archiving professional information via printed or interactive
  reports,
 Promoting quality journalism and the practice of the news media by young people as a
  basis for their educative and cognitive process,
 Representing our community and the producers of editorial content with international
  bodies,
 Studying questions of general interest for news media and the future of democratic
  societies,
 Defending the right to information everywhere this is threatened.


           Article 4 – The Association’s resources and organisation

  The Association is financed by its members’ subscriptions and by any other revenues,
  which are used to support its activities providing the criteria of a non-profit making
  association are not affected by this.

  ‘Other revenues’ means:


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-   Subsidies, legacies or donations,
-   The financial compensation connected with organizing events and exhibitions
    especially an annual conference which all its members (if possible) will attend,
-   The financial compensation connected with the supply of services and products for our
    community and professionals in the news industries,
-   Interest and income from the property and assets belonging to the Association,
-   Any other resource authorized by law within the scope of a non-profit making
    association.

    The resources from suppliers of services to the news industries must never exceed half
    of the Association’s resources: this is a fundamental condition for the credibility and
    the legitimacy of The Global Editors Network action to support quality journalism and
    our community.

    To accomplish its mission, the Association can act through its own structures or
    through any other structure which is created for this purpose, or already existing, in
    compliance with the legislation in France and Europe.

    The Association’s profits and reserves can only be used within the strict framework of
    the organisation’s purpose.

    The accounts are kept in accordance with the legal rules by compiling an annual
    balance sheet, an income statement and an annex, in accordance with the chart of
    accounts in force.


                  Article 5 - Registered office and internet address

    The Association’s registered office is in Paris, France:
    Address: 14 rue des Minimes, 75003, Paris.

    The address can be modified by decision of the Executive Committee, which requires a
    majority of the votes being in favour of the change.

    The association’s URL addresses are :
           - http://www.globaleditorsnetwork.org (ou .com)
           - http://www.editorsnetwork.org (or .com).


                                     Article 6 - Duration

    The Association’s duration is 99 years from its creation, unless it is wound up early or
    prolonged by decision of a General Meeting.


                         Article 7 – Liability and financial year

    The Association’s commitments are covered by its assets. These assets belong
    exclusively to the Association, and its members cannot claim any legal right over them.



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    The Association’s financial year starts on January 1 and ends on December 31.

    As an exception, the first financial year will begin on 16 March 2011 and will end on
    December 31 2011.


            Article 8 - The members of the Association – six categories

    Before joining, all the members must formally approve The Global Editors Network’s
    manifest and the Association’s fundamental principles (article 2).

    The Association is composed of six categories of members:

    8.1 – Associative members

    This type of membership is open to all legal persons: national associations of editors-
    in-chief and editorial departments of national press associations.

    The Board decides whether an association or national organisation is eligible for
    associative member status. In the event of refusal, it is possible to present the dossier
    to the Board of directors a second time.

    One country can be represented by two national organisations or more.

    Associative members pay an annual subscription fixed by the Board. This amount can
    be modulated according to the country’s level of wealth.

    8.2 – Individual members

    This type of membership is open to editors-in-chief and to senior news executives in all
    newsrooms: press agencies, television, radio, daily and magazine press, suppliers of on
    line editorial content or on mobile platforms, media companies...

    The individual members can also be involved in producing editorial content: engineers
    and developers, designers, creators of applications, managers of communities, content
    aggregators, bloggers as well as professionals involved in the ‘links and communities
    economy’.

    It is the CEO who decides whether a person can be granted individual member status. If
    this status is refused, it is possible to appeal to the Board.

    The individual members can decide between:
-   Paying an annual subscription established by the Board. In this case, they become
    “premium members” with specific advantages defined by the Board,
-   Supplying contacts for colleagues and potential members of the Association.

    8.3 – Strategic members

    This type of membership is open to the associations, foundations, companies,


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    government departments, and legal and physical persons wishing to give a donation or
    subsidy to the Association.

    The Executive Committee decides whether the status of strategic member can be
    granted. If this status is refused, it is possible to appeal to the Board.

    Strategic members pay a donation for the first year of their membership which is fixed
    in accordance with the Executive Committee (a posteriori approval if the amount of the
    donation is less than € 5,000). The annual subscription in future years is the
    subscription for ‘individual members’ for physical persons and the subscription for
    ‘corporate members’ for companies, associations and foundations.

    A strategic member can decide whether to renew or adapt its/his donation or subsidy
    from one year to the next.

    8.4 – Corporate members

    This type of membership is open to media companies, suppliers of services for the
    news industries, and to advertisers who wish to participate in the Association’s works,
    or to contribute their expertise.

    This category of membership allows three physical persons from the company to take
    advantage of membership fees for all the activities of the company.

    It is the CEO which decides whether the status of corporate member can be granted. If
    this status is refused, it is possible to appeal to the Board.

    Corporate members pay an annual subscription fixed by the Board.

    8.5 – Associate members

    This type of membership is open to the following legal persons: journalism schools,
    research or professional training centres, national or international associations
    connected with the freedom of expression, other organisations working on editorial
    content.

    This type of membership is also open to physical persons working in the organisations
    mentioned the above subparagraph.

    It is a CEO who decides whether the status of Associate Member can be given to a
    physical or legal person. If this status is refused, it is possible to appeal to the Board.

    Like individual members, associate members can choose between :
    Paying an annual subscription (fixed by the Board) which is modulated according to
    the level of wealth of the country and the nature of the organisations to which they
    belong,
-   Supplying contacts for colleagues and potential members of the Association.

    8.6 – Honorary members




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This type of membership is open to qualified persons (physical persons) who do not
belong to the above-mentioned categories.

It is the CEO who decides whether the status of honorary member can be granted. In
case of refusal, it is possible to appeal to the Board.

Like individual members, Honorary Members can choose between :
- Paying an annual subscription (fixed by the Board) which is modulated according to
the level of wealth of the country and the nature of the organisations to which they
belong,
- Supplying contacts for colleagues and potential members of the Association.

     Article 9 - The voting rights of the members of the Association

The members of association with a right to vote are:
- the associative members
- the individual members
- the strategic members.

The voting principle in General Assemblies for this first category is ‘one member one
vote’ irrespective of whether a physical or legal person is involved.

Members without voting rights are:
- the corporate members
- the associate members
- the honorary members.

The members of this second category can attend General Assemblies as observers but
cannot take part in voting.


           Article 10 - Resignation, exclusion, death, bankruptcy

The status of member of the Association is lost by:

a) Resignation: each member can give its/his resignation as a member of the
association to the President at the Association’s registered office before September 30,
for the resignation to become effective at the end of the year in progress. It is notified
on the Association by recorded delivery letter or by e-mail.

b) Exclusion: is pronounced by the Executive Committee and can be motivated by the
non-payment of the subscription or any other breach of the principles and articles in
these statutes. The member is informed of the exclusion by recorded delivery letter or
by e-mail with immediate effect, after a request for an explanation, which has either
remained unanswered, or without a satisfactory explanation within 15 days. The
exclusion can be appealed to the Board.

c) Death: this clause applies to individual members.

d) Bankruptcy or liquidation : this clause applies to a company, foundation or an


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  association.

  The loss of the capacity of member is immediate in both these last cases.


                                   Article 11 - Board

  The Association is managed by a Board composed of between 12 and 24 members
  elected by the Ordinary General Assembly:

 The representatives of associative members elected by the General Assembly for a
  period of two years and who are re-eligible twice;
 The representatives of individual members elected by the General Assembly for a
  period of two years and who are re-eligible twice;
 The representatives of donor members elected by the General Assembly for a period of
  two years and who are re-eligible twice;
 The treasurer, chosen by the Board from amongst its members;
 The President of the Scientific Committee, when this committee has been created
  (article 14).

  To be eligible for the Board, the person must be a member of the Association and must
  send his candidature to the Board a least of three weeks before the General Assembly
  preceding the election.

  Members of the Board cannot receive any payment for the functions entrusted to them.

  The members of the Board are elected at Ordinary General Assemblies or exceptionally
  at Extraordinary General Assemblies. (see articles 17, 18 and 19).

  Board members can resign at any time, in which case, they are replaced at the next
  Ordinary General Assembly, following the resignation or within three months (special
  procedure in the internal rules, see Article 21).

  Each Board member has one vote. Decisions are taken on the majority of votes cast. If
  there is a tied vote, the President has the casting vote.

  Members of the Board can give a proxy to another Board member to represent them at
  meetings. No Board member can hold more than three proxies.

  The quorum is present if 25% of the members are present or participate in the
  ‘conference call’ or videoconference which replaces the Board meeting (see below).

  The CEO attends Board meetings in a consultative capacity.

  Other people can attend meetings in a consultative capacity at the President’s
  discretion or if it is requested by a majority of Board members, especially:
 representatives of the corporate members for a period of two years maximum;
 representatives of the associate members for a period of two years maximum;
 representatives of the honorary members for a period of two years maximum.



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The Board meets at least twice a year, or possibly via a telephone ‘conference call’ or a
videoconference. The letter convening the “Board meeting” must be sent by post, e-
mail or fax at least 10 days before the date of the meeting and must contain the agenda,
the place the meeting and the relevant documents. In exceptional circumstances, the
relevant documents can be sent later, subject to the President’s agreement.

The Board can be convened urgently by the President or his duly appointed
representative.

The Board rules on the strategic questions presented by the President and the CEO or
put to its members. It approves the annual financial statements before the Annual
General Assembly ratifies them.

The Board elects its President, its first Vice president and its treasurer for a period of
two years from amongst its members. Their term of office can be renewed twice
consecutively.

The Board can create the posts of second Vice-president and third Vice-president,
which are elected under the same conditions as the first Vice-president.

The Board is renewed by half every two years, and the first renewal occurs during the
Ordinary General Meeting in 2012.

The Board also elects the members of the Executive Committee, and supervises its
activities. It also validates the Association’s Scientific Committee and the “working
groups” created by the Executive Committee and if necessary decides their abrogation.

On the request of the President, the CEO prepares the Board’s minutes, which are then
approved and signed by the President. The minutes are kept at the Association’s
registered office.

Exceptionally and up until the first Ordinary General Assembly (see Article 23) The Global
Editors Network’s Board comprises the eight signatories defined as “Members of the
Board” of these statutes at the constitutive General assembly. On the unanimous approval
of the members of the Board participating to the vote, it will be possible to co-opt six new
provisional Board members from the members of the Association.


                      Article 12 – The Executive Committee

The Board’s Executive Committee reports to it on all its activities and decisions. It is
authorised to take decisions in emergencies and to direct the association outside Board
meetings.

The Executive Committee fixes the amount of the annual subscriptions - once a year -
and validates the list of the Association’s members. It also validates the amount of the
donations and subsidies obtained from the donor members. It must give its a priori
approval for any donation over € 5,000.

The Executive Committee comprises five to ten members, including:


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-   The President of The Global Editors Network
-   The first Vice President
-   The treasurer
-   At least one representative from the associative members
-   At least one representative from the donor members
-   The President of the Scientific Committee when one has been created (article 14),
-   Other members from the Board.

    The term of office of the members of Executive Committee is two years, which can be
    renewed twice. The members of the Executive Committee can resign at any time, and
    in these circumstances they will be replaced within three months.

    The Executive Committee is renewed by half every two years. The first renewal will be
    at the first Board meeting of 2012. Its members are elected either by raising hands or
    a secret ballot if this is requested by the majority of the participants at the Board
    meeting.

    The quorum is present if 30% of the members are present or participate in the
    “conference call” which replaces the Executive Committee meeting. Decisions are
    taken on a majority of votes. Each member of the Executive Committee has one vote. If
    there is a tied note, the GEN’s President has the casting vote.

    The Executive Committee meets at least three times a year and some meetings can be
    held by telephone “conference call” or videoconference means. In emergencies, the
    Executive Committee can be convened by the President or his duly elected
    representative.

    The convening letter to the Executive Board meeting must be sent by post, e-mail or fax
    at least 6 days before the date of the meeting, and must contain the agenda, venue for
    the meeting and the relevant documents. In exceptional circumstances, the relevant
    documents can be sent later, subject to the President’s agreement.

    The Executive Committee or the Association’s president can invite the Scientific
    Committee and working groups or some of their members to attend the committee’s
    works.

    On the request of the President, the CEO prepares the minutes of the Executive
    Committee meetings, then approved and signed by the President. The minutes are
    kept at the association’s registered office.

    Exceptionally, the Executive Committee need only be composed of the President, Vice
    President and treasurer, up until the first Ordinary General Assembly (see Article 23).


              Article 13 – The Association’s President and Treasurer

    The Board’s president is responsible for performing the Executive Committee’s
    decisions and for ensuring that the Association functions correctly.




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The President represents the Association in all the actions of civil life and vis-à-vis
third parties, notably national associations of editors-in-chief and international
organisations.

The President can act in legal proceedings as a defendant in the Association’s name and
as a claimant with the Board’s authorisation. It can make all appeals under the same
conditions.

The representation of the Association can be entrusted to the first Vice-president, the
CEO, and any Board member, at the President’s discretion. However representing the
Association in legal proceedings (if not performed by the President) can only be
performed by a representative acting under a special authority.

The President holds the company signature with respect to banking, financial and
administrative bodies. He can delegate the signature to the CEO.

If the President is ill or cannot perform his functions, he will be replaced by the Vice-
president or by any member of the Board designated by the Vice-president, if the Vice-
president is himself unavailable.

If it is duly established that the President’s seat on the Board is vacant, his replacement
is elected from amongst the Board’s members within two months.

The treasurer is responsible for the Association’s management and for verifying the
accounts in compliance with these statutes and any internal rules of the Association.
He reports, under the President’s supervision, to the General Assembly, which rules on
management of the organization.


             Article 14 – The Association’s Scientific Committee
A Scientific Committee will be subsequently created for the Association. It will have a
consultative function inside the Board of Directors and will be responsible for steering
the Association’s research activities.

A President of the Scientific Committee will be elected from amongst its members.

The Executive Committee designates the members of the Scientific Committee and
supervises its activities.

The Scientific Committee can have its own budget, which is validated and controlled by
the Executive Committee.


       Article 15 – The sectoral and geographical working groups
The Executive Committee decides to create “working groups” either on the CEO’s
recommendation or sui generis, and designates their members (including a President)
and supervises their activities.



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Working groups have a consultative function for the Board. They prepare an annual
report for the Board.

There are two kinds of working groups inside the Association: sectoral and
geographical:

- Sectoral working groups are created as required in specific domains: a group on a
new distribution platform, a group on ethical questions etc

- Geographical working groups are created as required to develop national associations
of editors-in-chief in a country or a specific zone.

Working groups can have a specific budget, which is relative validated and controlled
by the CEO and then the Executive Committee.


                   Article 16 – Chief Executive Officer or CEO

The Association’s president appoints the CEO after consulting the Executive
Committee.

The CEO is responsible to the Board for the day-to-day management and the general
administration of the Association in compliance with the Association’s principles and
the resolutions taken by the General Assembly and the Executive Committee.

The Association’s President signs the CEO’s initial employment contract. Increases in
his salary, changes to his contract and a possible annual bonus are voted each year by
the Executive Committee. The CEO is covered by unemployment insurance and a
complimentary pension scheme, which are standard attachments to this function.

The CEO is in charge of the general management of the Association and will report to
the President and the treasurer three times a year on this. He cannot be held liable for
the consequences of strategic decisions, which he previously informed the President of
his disagreement with.

The CEO is responsible for ensuring that the Association’s internal and external
structures defined in Article 4, which he in practice, has control of, function properly.

If the CEO is dismissed, the dismissal will be signed by the President and the decision
must be supported by reasons in accordance with French law.

The CEO is responsible for recruiting the Association’s employees within the financial
framework defined by the Executive Committee.


                    Article 17 – Ordinary General Assembly
       The Ordinary General Assembly (OGA) is open to all the members of the
Association irrespective of their affiliation (Article 8) in accordance with the voting
rights defined in Article 9. It is the Association’s supreme body.


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The Ordinary General Assembly meets once a year after being convened by the
President who decides the venue and the date of the meeting. The President can
delegate this task to the first Vice president or to the CEO.

The convening notice for each OGA must be sent to the members at least 15 days in
advance, by e-mail or fax together with the agenda, the date and venue for the meeting
and the relevant documents. In exceptional circumstances, the relevant documents can
be sent later, subject to the President’s approval.

The Ordinary Annual General Assembly is competent for the following areas :
- Validating the annual reports,
- Validating the amount of the annual subscriptions fixed by the Executive Committee,
- Ratifying the balance sheet for the accounting period and the management for the
past year,
- Electing the members of the Board in accordance with the terms of Article 18,
- Discharging the members of the Board from their management especially the
President and the Treasurer,
- Validating the modification of the statutes proposed by the Executive Committee.
- Voting to wind the Association up, if necessary.

The Board informs the Assembly of the election of the President of The Global Editors
Network, its first Vice-president and its treasurer.


        Article 18 – The conduct of an Ordinary General Assembly
The President or, if necessary, a member of the Board designated by the President (or
the Vice-president if the president is prevented) will be the President of the General
Assembly. The Meeting’s President ensures that the decisions only concern items on
the agenda.

Decisions are taken on an ordinary majority of the votes cast, except for decisions
requiring 2/3rds of the votes cast (modification of the statutes and winding up). No
quorum is required, apart from a minimum of 10 votes cast.

The members of the Board are elected by voting for single candidates on an absolute
majority of the votes cast in the first round and a relative majority in the second round.

An absent member can be represented by another member giving a written proxy
(paper or e-mail). Voting by post is authorised under the terms stipulated in the
internal rules.

Votes are cast by raising hands, an abstention is not considered to be a vote cast. If
there is a tied vote, the President has the casting vote.

if the General Assembly decides on a majority of the votes present, voting will be by
secret ballot.




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The Assembly can be held by any means: physical meeting, electronic discussion forms,
telephone ‘conference calls’ or visiophone or other means; providing the means
enables the nature, content and authenticity of the decisions taken to be guaranteed.


                Article 19 – Extraordinary General Assembly

If necessary, or if the majority of the registered members or members of the Board
request, the President can convene an Extraordinary General Assembly under the
terms of Article 17. The President can delegate this task to the first Vice-president or
to the CEO.
The Extraordinary General Meeting rules on all questions concerning modifying the
statutes, the merger or the winding up the Association. An Extraordinary General
Assembly must be held within 60 days of receiving the convening notice, the agenda
and the relevant documents
The President or, if necessary, a member of the Board designated by the President (or
the Vice-president if the president is prevented) will preside the Extraordinary General
Assembly. The Meeting’s President ensures that the decisions only concern items on
the agenda.

Decisions are taken on an ordinary majority of the votes cast, except for decisions
requiring 2/3rds of the votes cast (modification of the statues and winding up). No
quorum is required, apart from a minimum of 10 votes cast.

An absent member can be represented by another member via a written proxy.

Votes are cast by raising hands, and an abstention is not considered to be a vote cast. If
there is a tied vote, the President has the casting vote.

If the General Assembly decides on a majority of the votes present, voting will be by
secret ballot.

The Assembly can be held by any means: physical meeting, electronic discussion forms,
telephone ‘conference calls’ or visiophone or other means; providing the means
enables the nature, content and authenticity of the decisions taken to be guaranteed.


                                Article 20 – Auditors

The appointment of a statutory auditor is desired by the founder members, as this will
guarantee third parties and the Association’s financial partners that accounting and
prudential standards have been adopted.

Because of the planned developments and the resources from diverse origins, the
annual certification by the statutory auditors will be the pledge that the Association
functions correctly, and also the pledge of the security of the accounts certified during
the annual audit of the accounts presented to the Annual General Assembly.




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A deputy Statutory Auditor will be asked to replace the principal auditor if the
principal refuses to perform his functions, is prevented from doing so, resigns or dies.
The deputy Statutory Auditor is appointed at the same time as the principal for the
same duration.

The Statutory Auditor is appointed for six financial years. His functions expire at the
end of the annual consultation of the collectivity of shareholders called to rule on the
accounts for the third financial year.

The Statutory Auditor performs his mission in accordance with the law. He, in
particular, has the permanent task of verifying the Association’s assets and accounting
documents, checking the regularity and genuineness of the Association’s accounts and
reporting on this to the Association. He must not interfere with the Association’s
management in any way.

The Statutory Auditor is asked to attend any consultation of the association’s members.
He can be asked to attend meeting of the managing bodies on the President’s or CEO’s
request.


                            Article 21 – Internal rules

The Executive Committee can draw up internal rules (guidelines) and will have them
approved by the Board and then by a General Meeting. The process is identical for
subsequent modifications.

These possible rules clarify certain points of the statutes, notably those dealing with
the association’s internal administration, the dealing with the Association’s partners
or the organisation of the Association’s dependant structures :
       - Either internal (scientific Board, working group…),
       - Or external (subsidiaries, etc…).


                    Article 22 – Winding up the Association

If winding up is pronounced by at least two thirds of the votes cast in an Ordinary or
Extraordinary General Assembly, the Assembly will appoint one or more people who
will be invested with the powers required to carry out the liquidation operations.

The assets and liabilities will be distributed in accordance with article 9 of the law of
July 1, 1901 and the decree of August 16, 1901, to non-profit making organisations if
possible, which are close to The Global Editors Network’s purpose.


        Article 23 – Start of the activity and applicable legislation
The Association begins its activity from 16 March 2011, the date on which these
statutes are ratified. The first accounting period will end on December 31, 2011.




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The first Ordinary General Assembly will be convened for the end of 2011 when the
Association’s first annual conference is held. The provisional Board will be terminated
on this occasion, as defined at the end of Article 11.

The organisation’s two official languages are French and English. Regarding the
statutes, in case of contradiction between the two texts, the French version will apply.

The Association is governed by French law. The court with jurisdiction for any legal
actions concerning the Association is the competent court for the domicile of the
registered office.



                              Article 24 – Formalities
The President is responsible, in the name of the Executive Committee, for satisfying the
declaration, and publication formalities stipulated by the law of July 1, 1901 and by the
decree of August 16, 1901.

The President can give an express mandate to any person he chooses to carry out the
declaration and publication formalities.

These statutes were approved by the constitutive General Assembly of 16 March 2011.
They were drawn up in as many copies as interested parties, including one for the
declaration and one for the Association.


Signed in Paris, France, March 16, 2011


Xavier Vidal-Folch, El Pais, Spain
President

Harald Stanghelle, Aftenposten, Norway
Vice-President

Alejandro Miro-Quesada, Cosas, Peru & Chile
Secretary

Roman Gallo, Gallomultimedia, Czech Republic
Treasurer
Other GEN Board members on 23 March:
François Dufour, L’Actu, France
Azubuike Ishiekwene, Leadership Newspapers, Nigeria
Ricardo Kirschbaum, Clarin, Argentina
Nadia Salah, L’Economiste, Morocco.

About GEN/Enquiries:




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- President: Xavier Vidal-Folch, El Pais, Spain
president@globaleditorsnetwork.org

- General Secretary: Maria Villadoma
Phone: + 33 1 53 01 01 80
mvilladoma@globaleditorsnetwork.org
- URLs:
www.globaleditorsnetwork.org
www.twitter.com/editorsnet
www.facebook.com/editorsnet

If you want to download our statutes, click here.

If you want to forward our statutes, click here.




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