Lauri Hussar becomes editor-in-chief of Postimees

June 09, 2016

Lauri Hussar will become the editor-in-chief of Estonia's largest and most widely read newspaper Postimees next week. “Postimees has an opinion. We will be clearer in communicating our positions concerning matters of importance in society from now on,” the incoming editor-in-chief said. Hussar has spent the past ten years working for national broadcaster ERR as a host on Vikerraadio and ETV.

“The aims of Postimees align with those of the Estonian Constitution: to stand for the survival of the Estonian people, language, and culture from one generation to the next. The manner in which Postimees talks and writes about the Estonian society and state must be equally caring, responsible, and if necessary also critical,” Hussar said.

He added that Postimees must pay more attention to every one of us and offer solutions for dealing with hardship. That is the direction Postimees has chosen on the eve of its 160 anniversary.

Lauri Hussar will be taking over from Merit Kopli, who will become Estonia's cultural representative in Germany in August. Kopli will be replaced as chairman of Postimees Group's board by fellow member of the board Peep Kala. He said the board's main task has to be to give all publications in the group equal opportunities to pursue the best journalism in Estonia.

Board member Margus Mets will remain in charge of the work of county paper editorials. Digital and business development will be the responsibility of Kerttu Metsar, who will join the board in September.

“Postimees is a highly valued opinion platform in bringing together different worldviews, attitudes, and positions. I find that Postimees' new editor-in-chief and the renewed board of AS Postimees Group are people capable of making that which is important for society heard all over Estonia – credibly, professionally, and legibly for all of us,” said CEO of AS Eesti Meedia, chairman of the supervisory board of AS Postimees Group Sven Nuutmann.

AS Postimees Group is part of the Eesti Meedia group that is active in all three Baltic countries. Postimees Group covers Estonia's oldest newspaper Postimees, as well as country papers Tartu Postimees, Pärnu Postimees, Sakala, Virumaa Teataja, Järva Teataja, and Valgamaalane. Postimees Group AS also publishes Estonia’s biggest weekly Maa Elu and magazines 60+ and 30+.