Eric Wishart is a former editor-in-chief of the international news agency AFP and is currently a member of its global news management with responsibility for special editorial projects.
He began his career in the Scottish press in 1972 and joined the AFP English desk in Paris in 1984. He served as Middle East English editor based in Cyprus from 1992 to 1996 when he took over as Asia-Pacific editor based in Hong Kong.
In 1999 he became AFP’s first non-French editor-in-chief based at the Agency’s Paris headquarters, heading up a global network of more than 1,500 journalists. After six years in that position, which included organising major coverages such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the war in Iraq, he took over as AFP’s Asia-Pacific director based in Hong Kong.
Since 2012 he has worked on special editorial projects for the AFP global news management, drawing up a new AFP charter, code of ethics and sourcing guidelines that can be found here. The code of ethics has been translated into French, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese. He has just completed a new AFP stylebook, which will be available online in the coming months.
He is a regular speaker at conferences and in the media on the challenges of fake news and disinformation, focusing on how AFP is addressing these issues. He has spoken about these issues at events this year in Hong Kong, Macau, Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
Wishart also lectures in journalism at the University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University, is a former president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong. and is a judge for the Hong Kong News Awards.
He comes from Glasgow, Scotland and has Irish and UK nationalities.