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Secretary's report on the UK Section for the AEJ's 2009 Congress

Prepared for the AEJ International Congress at Maastricht, Netherlands – 20-21 November 2009

 

The UK section enjoyed another busy and successful year.  Our membership rose to 44. The members of the Committee were:

Chairman : William Horsley

Secretary : Celia Hampton

Treasurer : Mike Springate

Events Director : David Lennon

On 30 April 2009, we co-hosted a seminar on the European Parliament elections – as is our custom every four years – with the EP's London office. We are grateful to the Parliament for their generosity, not only on this occasion but also for making their elegant rooms in Westminster available for our regular lunchtime meetings. We bade farewell to Dermot Scott, Director of the London office, in September. We wish him a long and happy retirement in Dublin.

"Governments at war are winning the battle to control the international media" was the topic of this year's World Press Freedom Day Debate on 1 May 2009. Hosted by the Frontline Club and chaired by William Horsley, the motion was adopted by 38:15 votes with 15 abstentions.

The reports and papers on media freedom presented to the AEJ's 2008 Congress at Linz are accessible on the Media Freedom page of this website. The year's activities are chronicled in Past Events.

 

 

Our lunchtime guests since the last report were:

Jon Moulton, then head of the private equity firm, Alchemy Partners, and respected critic of the financial world

HE Mrs Barbara Tuge-Erecińska, Polish Ambassador to the UK

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

At the time of writing, we have two further fixtures in 2009:

HE Mr Staffan Carlsson, Swedish Ambassador to the UK

Chandrashekhar Krishnan, Director, Transparency International UK

 

Celia Hampton, Secretary  

London, 29 October 2009  

 

 

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