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Secretary's report for the UK Section's Annual General Meeting 2009

 

In 2009, the UK section had 44 members. Its officers were William Horsley (Chairman), Celia Hampton (Secretary) and Michael Springate (Treasurer). David Lennon continued with his valuable work as Events Director.

During the year, our programme of meetings was supplemented by two additional events. On 30 April, we co-hosted a seminar on the elections for the European Parliament with the EP's London office. On 1 May, we supported the annual World Press Freedom Day debate where the motion "Governments at war are winning the battle of controlling the international media" was endorsed.

Regular lunchtime meetings were held with the following guests:

Declan Ganley, founder and chairman of Libertas

Miroslav Kolatek and Josef Matějka, Embassy of the Czech Republic

The Rt Hon Ms Caroline Flint MP, Minister for Europe

Professor Anthony Seldon, historian, biographer and schoolmaster

Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty

HE Mr Georg Boomgaarden, German Ambassador to the UK

Andrew Haldane, Executive Director for Financial Stability, Bank of England

HE Mr Staffan Carlsson, Swedish Ambassador to the UK

A meeting arranged with Transparency International UK's director, Chandu Krishnan, was postponed until April 2010. Mr Kolatek and Mr Matějka kindly offered to take the floor after the untimely death of the Czech Ambassador, Mr Jan Winkler, in February.

 

 

In July, management of the section's website was transferred to me. I have yet to solve all the riddles set by this task generally and by the log of visits in particular. Here are some headline numbers for the seven complete months of August to February.

Unique visitors to the site ranged from 40 to 289 a month (average 208). They made 42-434 visits (average 331). Most visits (80-90%) lasted for less than 30 seconds. The commonest search terms were media and freedom. About half the visits are simply to the domain name (www.aej-uk.org), i.e. the Home Page. After that, in order of frequency, people visit the Europe Diary, the Survey and Contact pages (equal), Media Freedom, News/Events, AEJ in Europe, Membership, Past Events, Links and AEJ in the UK.

The website gives you up-to-date information about what the AEJ is doing and planning. If you have any comments or suggestions about its content, please let me know.

Finally, I would like to thank all of you for your support and friendship during my stint as secretary. Your continuing enthusiasm for our meetings is much appreciated.

 

 

Celia Hampton, Secretary

8 March 2010

 

 

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting

Chairman's report

Secretary's report on the UK Section's activities for the AEJ Congress

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