Christophe Walter-Petit, General Counsel of Agence France-Presse has taken up the role of Treasurer of the News Media Coalition, an international trade organisation of news agencies and publishers which works to protect news content and business freedoms for members.
Mr Walter-Petit has been AFP’s lead representative on the NMC for five years and in addition to the officer position of treasurer, he is AFP’s Director of the NMC. Since joining AFP in 2012 Mr Walter-Petit has ensured that AFP is at the forefront of battles to ensure that AFP and all fellow NMC members are able to create, use and distribute independent news material at major organised events, SUCH AS sports matches and tournaments, political gatherings, entertainment shows etc.
As general counsel at AFP, Christophe has supported the efforts of NMC membership to reject arbitrary rules imposed on professional news-gathering and the copyright content of news organisations.
Clive Milner, NMC Chairman said: ‘The NMC Board is delighted to have Christophe in the Treasurer role as the NMC continues to evolve to deal with the challenges of ensuring that news businesses can continue to provide news material of value to publishers, other editorial clients and the wider news-consuming public.’
AFP is a global news agency delivering fast, accurate, in-depth coverage of the events shaping our world from conflicts to politics, economics, sports, entertainment and the latest breakthroughs in health, science and technology. With 2,300 staff spread across almost every country, AFP covers the world 24 hours a day in six languages. AFP delivers the news in video, text, photos, multimedia and graphics to a wide range of customers including newspapers and magazines, radio and TV channels, web sites and portals, mobile operators, corporate clients as well as public institutions.
The News Media Coalition is an international organisation comprising reputable news brands. Our members strive to ensure that their legal intellectual property rights are respected and not curtailed by event organisations refusing access to news-gatherers unless restrictions on content are accepted.
The NMC is a not-for profit membership trade organisation and the News Media Coalition has bases in London and Brussels – and operates worldwide. NMC Members include major publishing houses, national and news international agencies including: Agence France-Presse (AFP), Associated Press (AP), Associated Newspapers (UK), Australian Associated Press (AAP), Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA), ESI Media (UK), European Pressphoto Agency (epa), European Publishers Council (EPC), Fairfax Australia, Fairfax New Zealand, Getty Images, Guardian Media Group (UK), News UK, News Corp Australia, Telegraph Media Group (UK), Press Association (PA), Thomson Reuters and Trinity Mirror plc (UK national and regionals).