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Talk by Tim Marshall

Last 24th May, DPAAL members met Tim Marshall, foreign affairs journalist and author, for a talk on his new book about the history and cultural significance of the world’s flags, “Worth Dying For. The power and politics of flags”.

This event was kindly hosted by the Embassy of Romania at the Romanian Cultural Institute.

Pictures have also been provided by the Romanian Embassy.

 

 
Talk by Niall Duffy, IPSO's Director of External Affairs

On Monday 21st November, DPAAL members met Niall Duffy, IPSO’s Director of External Affairs, at the Mexican Ambassador’s Residence.

Niall Duffy talked about the work of the Independent Press Standards Organisation, how it came into being, what it does and the difference between a self-regulator and a statutory body. His talk was followed by a Q&As session

The Independent Press Standards Organisation regulates the overwhelming majority of the UK’s newspaper and magazines, accounting for some 2,500 printed or online publications. It was set up by the industry in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal and the Leveson Inquiry as a successor to the Press Complaints Commission and has been in operation since September 2014.

The talk was followed by a Q&As session.

 

 

 

 


 
Breakfast meeting with Sky News editorsOK

On October 11th, a group of 12 DPAAL members attended our first breakfast meeting with Sky News editors: Alistair Bunkall (Defence Editor), Matt Rhodes (Senior Foreign News Editor), Darren McCaffrey (Political Correspondent) and Giles Winn (Head of Interviews).

The main topic of the meeting was ‘Brexit’. Darren offered a general view of this post-referendum period and we discussed about the challenges ahead.

We also had time for some Q&A at the end to discuss other current affairs issues.


 

 

 

 

 
Drinks reception with London Press Club and talk by Independent Digital Editor

On 20th September, DPAAL members attended a drinks reception with the London Press Club at Northcliffe House during which Christian Broughton, the Independent Digital Editor, gave a talk on the Independent's "digital-only" move.

We were kindly welcomed by Doug Wills, president of the London Press Club and Managing Editor of the London Evening Standard and The Independent.

Photographs taken by Elizabeth Stewart (Embassy Magazine).

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Talk about Brexit with Europe Editors

On July 12th, the Embassy of Slovakia hosted the DPAAL event “Brexit. The aftermath”. We were honoured to have Tony Barber (Europe Editor, Financial Times), Matt Steinglass (Europe Editor, The Economist) and Peter Foster (Europe Editor, The Daily Telegraph) as guest speakers.

It was very interesting to hear their thoughts on the aftermath of Brexit and discuss with them the different aspects of this post-referendum period.

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Visit to ITV News

On Friday 3rd June, some DPAAL members visited ITV News studios and newsroom.

We were welcomed by Georgina Brewer, ITV News International Affairs Producer, and had a very interesting meeting with Geoff Hill, Editor of ITV Network News, and Robin Elias, ITN News Managing Editor.

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Reception new DPAAL Board - Spanish Embassy

On April 28th, the Embassy of Spain hosted a reception to welcome new members of DPAAL and introduce the recently elected Board.

Mrs Esther Corral Cortés, Press Counsellor, Embassy of Spain, is the new DPAAL's  President and Mrs Oksana Kyzyma, Press Attaché, Embassy of Ukraine; Mr Konrad Jagodzinski, Senior Public Relations Specialist, Embassy of Poland, and Keti Kerashvili, First Secretary, Embassy of Georgia are the new Vice-Presidents. The event was attended by diplomats from around 50 diplomatic missions as well as the Embassy Magazine.

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Here are some moments captured during the reception. For more photos check out our Facebook page.

 

 

 
Visit to the BBC Arabic Service

A group of 10 DPAAL members was invited by the BBC Arabic Service to visit their premises at the BBC Broadcasting House on the 19th April.

Participants were warmly welcomed by Nader Salah, Producer, and Mohamed Seif, News Presenter, and had the opportunity to visit the studios and learn more about the BBC information policy and standards.

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New DPAAL Board

DPAAL Board

The President: Esther Corral Cortés, Press Counsellor, Embassy of Spain

Vice-Presidents: Oksana Kyzyma, Press Attaché, Embassy of Ukraine;

Konrad Jagodzinski, Polish Embassy;

Keti Kerashvili, Georgian Embassy


 
Christmas Reception

Christmas Reception @Kiplings Restaurant On the evening of the 15th of December, the Bangladesh High Commission organised a wonderful Christmas Reception for DPAAL members. There were many London Press Club members invited for this event as well. It was also an occasion to mark the Bangladesh Victory Day and guests enjoyed traditional dancing, singing as well as participated in a raffle draw. Thank you to the Bangladesh HC for hosting us and Merry Christmas to all our members! All photos taken and kindly provided by Elizabeth Stewart, editor of the Embassy Magazine:

 

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