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Secretary's report to the 2011 Annual General Meeting

 

It has been an eventful year for journalists, first with the Arab Spring, then the ongoing eurozone crisis and, in the UK, the Murdoch empire’s phone hacking scandal which prompted the government into setting up the Leveson inquiry.

The bit of good news is that we now have regular access to the new European Parliament’s UK premises at Europe House, Smith Square, Westminster for our monthly meetings. And we started a Journalism Students’ Support programme, inviting journalism students and recent graduates to take part in our meetings, free of charge. But, we need to do more to encourage young journalists to come along.

In 2011 we had 37 members, plus 5 honorary members, and the officers of the Committee were: Chairman : William Horsley, Secretary: Margaret Hughes, Treasurer: Mike Springate and Events Director: David Lennon.

We had a good turnout at our regular lunchtime meetings in 2011, which I hope will continue this year. Our meetings in 2011 were held with the following guests:

Jago Russell, Chief Executive, Fair Trials International

David Marsh, Author of The Euro: The Battle for the New Global Currency

Professor Dr Friedbert Pflüger, Director, Energy and Resource Security Centre, King's College London

HE Mr Michael Žantovský, Czech Ambassador to the UK

Michael Fallon MP, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party

William (Bill) D Barnard, former Chair of Democrats Abroad UK

Sir Menzies (Ming) Campbell MP

Professor Christopher Andrew, Cambridge University, Official Historian of MI5

HE Mr Kim Traavik, Norwegian Ambassador to the UK

 

 

2012 meetings

After to-day’s meeting with Professor Michael O’Flaherty, Deputy Chair of the UN Human Rights Committee and President of the Northern Irish Human Rights Commission, our next speaker will be the Turkish Ambassador, Ünal Çeviköz, on Friday 17 February. For future events, we would welcome suggestions from our members re future speakers.

And, if you haven’t done so already, you should sign up for the members only section of www.aej.org and ,of course, visit the UK website www.aej-uk.org , which Celia regularly updates. The European Parliament is also keen for our members to subscribe to their event newsletter by entering your email address on their website, which will give you automatic information about events that they’re planning.

Other events

Arab Spring 2011: The freedom to report was the topic of this year’s UK public debate to mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2011, chaired by William Horsley and hosted by the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the UK Press Freedom Network London, where reporters and media workers from the frontline told their stories. Prominent figures from the region, as well as the UK, considered the global implications of these dramatic struggles for free reporting and free expression, and what lessons the West should take from the tide of recent events.

As the AEJ Media Freedom Representative, William Horsley represents the AEJ at the Council of Europe, and is also active on its working group that aims to ensure that anti-terrorism laws are not misused to block legitimate freedom of expression. He also attended the United Nations special inter-agency meeting in mid-September to prepare an Action Plan on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, as well as OSCE’s conference on the Safety of Journalists.

 

Margaret Hughes, Secretary AEJ UK

19 January 2012

 

 

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

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