Photo Journalist Sylvain Estibal named AFP Regional Director, MENA

This is the first time a photo journalist has been chosen to head one of the agency’s seven regions

by exchange4media Staff
Published - May 24, 2019 2:15 PM Updated: May 24, 2019 2:15 PM

AFP has appointed Photo Journalist Sylvain Estibal as Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

This is the first time a journalist from the image side has been chosen to head one of the agency’s seven regions.  

Estibal has been a former photo director for Latin America and then Europe-Africa and was currently Mexico bureau chief. In this role, he coordinated coverage of the 2017 earthquake.

As MENA regional director he will be using his experience in management, quality multimedia journalism and also in security issues.

In addition to his editorial and management missions, he will have as a priority “developing image-driven sales”, said AFP Chairman Fabrice Fries.

AFP’s Global News Director Phil Chetwynd called this appointment another illustration of “the exemplary transversal nature of journalism at the Agency, where the culture of developing image production enables us to mobilise talent from all our editorial departments to serve our news mission.”

In Asia, video journalist Stéphane Delfour will take over as Bangkok Bureau Chief after having been in charge of AFP’s video production in the United States and then in France.

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