Eric Wishart

Honorary Lecturer

Eric Wishart is a former editor-in-chief of AFP and is currently a member of its global news management with responsibility for special projects. In 2016 he wrote a set of new ethical guidelines for the agency and updated the rules on sourcing. The AFP ethical guidelines can be found here. He is now carrying out a major overhaul of the Agency’s stylebook.

Eric studied journalism at Edinburgh College of Commerce (now Edinburgh Napier University) and worked in the Scottish press as a reporter from 1973 until 1984 covering general news and also writing columns on music and cars. He joined the AFP English desk in Paris in1984 and 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. During his six years in the post he was responsible for a global network of more than 2,000 journalists and organised the coverage of major events including the 9/11 attacks, the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, the Asian tsunami, the death of Pope John Paul II, the introduction of the euro and the disputed first election of George W. Bush. In 2005 he took over as AFP’s Asia-Pacific director, again based in Hong Kong, and since 2012 has worked with the AFP news management on editorial projects.

He is a judge for the Hong Kong News Awards and a former president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club Hong Kong. He has also taught news writing at Hong Kong Baptist University.