Ambassador speaks at Society of Editors annual dinner
The Ambassador was invited to speak about her experience with the UK media and press freedom at the prestigious gala dinner
On Monday 19 October, the French Ambassador delivered an after-dinner speech at the prestigious annual Gala Dinner of the Society of Editors at the Grange St. Paul’s Hotel in central London at the invitation of its president, Doug Wills.
The Ambassador spoke in front of 140 senior editors and figures from the UK media about her experiences with the British press, the stories that have kept France in the news this year, and the significance of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks for the debate around press freedom.
She finished by paying tribute to the UK’s media organisations for their vibrancy, independence and international influence, and thanked the journalists present for their defence of free speech and freedom of expression.
John Whittingdale, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, was among the guests at the dinner.
The Ambassador’s speech was followed by an address from Sir Christopher Meyer, former British Ambassador to the USA and former chair of the Press Complaints Commission.