Eric Wishart

Honorary Lecturer

Eric Wishart is Standards and Ethics Editor, and former editor-in-chief, of Agence France-Presse, and the author of Journalism Ethics: 21 Essentials from Wars to Artificial Intelligence.

He lectures in journalism at Hong Kong University, teaching news writing and reporting and international conflict reporting, and is the external examiner for Cardiff University’s School of Journalism. He is a member of the professional standards and ethics committee of the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Organisation of Ombudsmen and Standards Editors.

A native of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1999 he became the first non-French editor-in-chief in the history of AFP, the world’s oldest news agency that traces its origins back to 1835.

He is a judge for the Hong Kong News Awards and the SOPA (Society of Publishers in Asia) Awards, and a former president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong. He is also a member of PEN America and the Asian American Journalists Association.

As a member of AFP’s global news management, he drew up the AFP Charter setting out the Agency’s guiding principles; its code of code of ethics,  which has been published in English, French, Arabic, Spanish and Chinese; the Agency’s 20 Principles of Sourcing; and edits the AFP Stylebook.