INSI announces new director

INSI is delighted to announce that Elena Cosentino is to be our new director.

Elena has extensive experience in news and current affairs, working for several news organisations covering natural disasters, wars, migration, drug trafficking, terrorism and organised crime. Her experience will stand her in good stead as INSI develops its work of safeguarding journalists around the world.

"I feel honoured to have been chosen to lead INSI at a time when 'inconvenient' journalism comes under threat from new and, at times, unexpected quarters," Elena said.

"I passionately believe that protecting journalists, and their ability to do their job, is a fundamental responsibility of any democracy worthy of its name. Yet journalists are still being targeted, largely with impunity, the world over.  

"For more than 15 years, INSI's staff have provided invaluable support to journalists and news organisations in the firm belief that safety and media freedom go hand in hand. I look forward to strengthening INSI's unique role, helping media organisations support and protect their staff in a strategic, pragmatic and effective way, so that journalists can keep fulfilling their crucial role as watchdogs unhindered and free from harm.”  

INSI chair Sue Inglish said:

"Elena’s first hand knowledge of working in high risk environments will enable INSI to build on the achievements of recent years, at a time when journalists face increasing threats as they go about their work."