Phil Chetwynd

Global News Director
Agence France-Presse

Agence France-Presse appointed British journalist Phil Chetwynd to the post of Global News Director in January 2019 –the first time a foreign national has been named to the Agency’s top editorial position. For the previous six years, he was AFP’s editor-in-chief.

Chetwynd joined AFP in 1996 after three years in British newspapers and has since been posted in the Middle East, Europe and Asia. He reported as a special correspondent from some 20 countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel and the United States in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. He was also AFP’s deputy bureau chief in China.
Between 2002 and 2012, he was based in Hong Kong first as news editor and then chief editor for the Asia-Pacific region where he helped set up AFP’s first multimedia integrated newsroom. Since 2012 he has been based at AFP headquarters in Paris.


The verification challenge: are platforms the problem or the solution? (or both of them)

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Regulation is becoming the keyword of 2019: Not a single interview featuring a news media CEO, a minister or a head of state goes by without mentioning the need for regulations. And platforms themselves agree that misinformation, hate speech, and lack of privacy are threatening our democracies. Are these platforms our enemies, allies or frenemies? […]

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