Foreign correspondents in Catalonia unite to create a new International Press Centre
The old International Press Centre of Barcelona closed earlier this year due to financial problems. A group of journalists has created the Foreign Correspondents Association of Catalonia (ACEC). They are in negotiations to use a space in the former Sant Pau Hospital.
Barcelona (ACN).- A group of foreign correspondents based in Catalonia has come together to create a professional association, and aim to have a new International Press Centre in the Catalan capital. They have created the Foreign Correspondents Association of Catalonia, \u2018Associació de Corresponsals Estrangers de Catalunya\u2019 (ACEC) in Catalan. They hope to solve an existing professional need, and replace the previous International Press Centre of Barcelona, which shut down earlier this year due to a lack of funding. \u201CThere are many foreign correspondents in Catalonia and we offer a daily image [of Catalonia] to the rest of the world; we want to be taken into account\u201D, the secretary general of the association Joana Viusà told CNA. For the moment there are some ten professionals, but they expect to bring together around 70 correspondents that work in Barcelona. In Spain, most of the foreign correspondents work from Madrid, and few media have correspondents in Barcelona or accept that they work from the Catalan capital.
ACEC is chaired by the France Press news agency correspondent, Marcelo Aparicio. The association counts with the support of journalists from several media such as \u2018L\u2019Indépendent du Midi\u2019, \u2018Europe 1\u2019, Luxemburg Radio, and other media from Germany, Morocco and the United States. The ACEC\u2019s secretary general, Joana Viusà, who is a correspondent for \u2018L\u2019Indépendent du Midi\u2019 from the South of France, explained that the association aims to create a new International Press Centre. However, she has asked for the support of public administrations in order for it to succeed. Currently they are negotiating to set the organisation up in the former Sant Pau Hospital, a complex of Art Nouveau pavilions in Barcelona\u2019s Eixample that are being renovated to host international organisations.
The former International Press Centre of Barcelona
The International Press Centre of Barcelona (CIPB) was a 550 square metre space within the Professional Journalists Association of Catalonia, in central Barcelona. It was created to host international media coming for Barcelona\u2019s Olympics in 1992. The centre was managed by a foundation, sponsored by the Catalan Government, Barcelona City Council, the Spanish Government, Barcelona\u2019s Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Journalists Association of Catalonia. After almost 20 years, the centre closed at the beginning of 2011 because of a lack of funding.