Agence France-Presse

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Agence France-Presse

Company Summary

AFP is a leading global news agency providing fast, comprehensive and verified coverage of the events shaping our world and of the issues affecting our daily lives. Drawing from an unparalleled news gathering network across 150 countries, AFP is also a world leader in digital verification. With 2,600 staff representing 100 different nationalities, AFP covers the world in six languages, with a unique quality of multimedia storytelling spanning video, text, photos and graphics.

Currently, the CEO is Fabrice Fries and the Global News Director is Phil Chetwynd.

Key Facts

  • 1,700 journalists relaying news 24 hours per day

  • 2,600 members of staff covering the whole world, 100 different nationalities

  • AFP has the world’s leading fact-checking network, with 140 journalists working on five continents in 26 languages.

AFP history

AFP was founded in August 1944 and heir to the world’s first news agency, Havas, that was established in 1835. On January 10, 1957, the French Parliament adopts the AFP statute, guaranteeing its editorial independence, global presence and financial autonomy. The CEO is elected by a Board of Directors made up of representatives of its media clients, public administrations, qualified personalities, and employee representatives. The Agency’s board of governors, its oversight body, can be consulted on any issue that may be seen as affecting the Agency’s independence.

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