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Media Regulation discussed with John Whittingdale

On December 11th 2013, the Embassy of Ukraine hosted a talk by John Whittingdale OBE MP on Media Regulation in the UK. The event was organised by the Diplomatic Press Attachés'€™ Association of London (DPAAL).

Mr Whittingdale, who chairs the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee of the House of Commons, was speaking on issues falling within the competence of the Committee in the presence of press and political attachés accredited in London.

In his welcoming speech, Mr Volodymyr Khandogiy, Ambassador of Ukraine, stressed the important role that DPAAL has been playing as a platform for discussing the urgent issues of cooperation between the diplomatic missions and media organisations.

John Whittingdale introduced the main media issues dealt by the Committee he chairs. The cases of ethics violation by journalists as well as the future of public television were among them.

"Select Committees of the Parliament have become steadily more important in the course of the last two or three years",€ Mr Whittingdale said. "They serve a very useful function, allowing public control over injustice"€.

Select Committees are cross-party institutions consisting of 11 members (5 Conservatives, 5 Labour and one Liberal-Democrat) and elected by the Parliament. Their chairmen are elected individually by all MPs. "When something goes wrong, the public can hold a person responsible and make it accountable through the respective Select Committee". Following the phone hacking scandal in 2010-2011, the profile of the Select Committees has risen.

Mr Whittingdale also spoke of the UK media market trends. In particular, he outlined his views on the press regulator establishment, which is widely discussed in British society. According to him, this body should serve as an effective tool against manipulations in coverage. The press regulator is to prevent newspapers and magazines from violating the right for private life. At the same time, Mr Whittingdale shares the vision of media industry that the regulator is to be independent from politicians and owners, as well as accountable to citizens.

John Whittingdale has been the Chairman for the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee since July 2005. He also chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Ukraine Group since 2010.

First ITV News Tour

3rd of December 2013

@ITV News

A first group of DPAAL members spent the morning at the ITV News Studios in London on the 3rd of December, where we were very kindly received by Michael Herrod, Senior News Editor of the International Unit. The visit included a tour of the newsroom (ITV national news, ITV London and the NBC area). We also visited the virtual reality set and met some of the main key players at ITV, among them John Angier, ITV News Senior Foreign Editor, and Michele Neubert, NBC producer. Robin Elias, Managing Editor of ITV News, and Fiona Dodd, Head of News Syndication, showed our members around the newsroom. DPAAL then watched the 13:30 programme from behind the scenes and met ITV's Diplomatic Correspondent, John Ray.

For more information or to join DPAAL, please contact:

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An article about the ITV News tour was published by "The "Embassy Magazine" (issue 49):

Press attachés visit the Legatum Institute

5th of November 2013

@Legatum Institute

Jeffrey Gedmin, President and CEO of the Legatum Institute, and Nathan Gamester, Senior Programme Director to the Prosperity Index, presented this year's key findings regarding the institution's annual ranking on Prosperity to DPAAL members.

Norway leads the world for the fifth year in a row, followed by Switzerland, Canada, Sweden and New Zealand, in the 2013 Legatum Prosperity Index, a unique and robust annual assessment of global wealth and wellbeing, which benchmarks 142 countries around the world in eight distinct categories: Economy; Education; Entrepreneurship and Opportunity; Governance; Health; Personal Freedom; Safety and Security; and Social Capital.

Other key findings include: The US drops out of top 20 in the Economy sub-index; Latin America and the Caribbean rise above the world average in the Economy sub-index for the first time; Mexico overtakes Brazil in the Economy sub-index; Nine of the top ten countries on the Entrepreneurship & Opportunity sub-index are from Europe; Eight of the bottom 15 countries on the Personal Freedom sub-index are in the MENA region; The UK declines from 13th to 16th overall this year; Bangladesh overtakes India in overall prosperity and Personal Freedom is the sub-index in which sub-Saharan African countries rank highest.

Based in London, the Legatum Institute is an independent non-partisan public policy organisation whose research, publications, and programmes advance ideas and policies in support of free and prosperous societies around the world.

For more information and to see how your country performed in 2013 go to

Photos taken by Elizabeth Stewart, editor of the Embassy Magazine:

Second Sky News Tour

15th of October 2013

@Sky News

A second group of DPAAL members spent the morning at the Sky News, Sky Digital and Sky Sports studios in Isleworth on the 15th of October 2013.

Participants were received by the Producer Kelvin O'Shea and visited the Radio department (where Sky News provides the news for every commercial radio station), Digital (home of the interactive applications for Ipad, android etc.) and Website (which has just under a million unique users a day). We also did a tour of Sky Sports studios and the award winning Sky Sports News, housed in the new Sky Studios building.

At the end of the event, DPAAL members had the opportunity to meet Dafydd Rees, Head of Sky Business; Tim Marshall, Foreign Affairs Editor; Sarah Whitehead, Deputy Head of Intake; Adrian Wells, Head of International Development and Nick Herm, Chief Operating Officer.

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The New Board's Welcoming Reception

3rd of October 2013

@ Embassy of Portugal


The Ambassador of Portugal hosted a reception to welcome new members of DPAAL and introduce the Board elected last July.


Mrs Maria Monteiro, Press and Political Affairs Attaché, Embassy of Portugal, was voted President and Mrs Sohair Younis, Press Counsellor, Embassy of Egypt; Mr Xavier Chatel, Press Counsellor and Spokesperson, Embassy of France and Mrs Oksana Kyzyma, Press Attaché, Embassy of Ukraine are the new Vice-Presidents. The event was attended by diplomats from around 50 diplomatic missions and the Embassy Magazine.

The Portuguese Ambassador, João de Vallera, reminded how DPAAL, which currently brings together representatives of over 120 missions and diplomatic organizations, has been exerting an increasingly dynamic role and is today already recognized, in this city, as an "asset" of the diplomatic community. The association has been promoting closer links between the associated missions and key UK media organisations through its many successful talks and visits organised in the past year.

On behalf of the new committee, Maria Monteiro thanked the members for electing the Board and took the opportunity to announce the various events that will take place in the coming months, including visits to Sky News, BBC News, ITV News studios, as well as The Times and The Economist newsrooms. DPAAL is also organizing talks with the editors of The Daily Telegraph and The Independent, two joint-events with the London Press Club and a visit to the Legatum Institute to debate its Prosperity Index.

At the end of the reception, DPAAL thanked representatives from associate Embassies and High Commissions who kindly offered to host some events.

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

Article in the November 2013 issue of the Diplomat Magazine regarding the Welcoming Reception:

Diplomat Magazine

DPAAL Welcoming Reception

We wanted to thank all our members who came on the 3rd of October to our Welcoming Reception at the Embassy of Portugal, to meet DPAAL's new Board, and made it such a success... Photos of the event will follow very shortly.

Kind regards,

Press attachés elect new President

Maria Monteiro, Press and Political Affairs Attaché at the Portuguese Embassy,has been elected the new President of the Diplomatic Press Attaché Association of London (DPAAL).

Sohair Younis (Egypt) stays on the board as Vice President and joining her are two new members, Xavier Chatel (France) and Oksana Kyzyma (Ukraine).

DPAAL is open to all media and public diplomacy officers at diplomatic missions in the UK.

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Article published by Elizabeth Stewart, Editor of the Embassy magazine (p. 6, Issue 48)

The results of July 2013 voting

Following the nominations and voting by our community, we are pleased to announce the results of July 2013 DPAAL elections:

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We are sure that you all look forward to meeting our colleagues in their new capacities.

The Portuguese Ambassador is pleased to invite DPAAL members to a drinks reception on Thursday October 3rd 2013, from 17:00 to 18:30.

Please save the date - an invitation will follow.

Meeting Times' editor Roger Boyes

21st June 2013

@Trinidad and Tobago High Commission

The Trinidad and Tobago High Commission kindly hosted The Times Diplomatic Editor, Mr. Roger Boyes.

Read about his thoughts on diplomatic press and international media here:

Diplomatic press officers must find innovative ways to make the stories of their countries known on the global stage. This was the focus of the discussion on Friday 21st June when the Trinidad and Tobago High Commission hosted Mr. Roger Boyes, Diplomatic Editor of The Times newspaper in London, UK. The event was organised by the Diplomatic Press Attachés Association London (DPAAL). DPAAL was established in 2008 as an organisation for foreign Press Attachés in the UK.

Meeting Guardian's editor Julian Borger

13th of May 2013

@Embassy of Portugal

On the 13th of May 2013, DPAAL members met Julian Borger, Diplomatic Editor of The Guardian, at an event that was hosted by HE Mr João de Vallera, the Ambassador of Portugal, at the Residence.

To read more about this event, please, see the article published by "The Embassy" magazine:


The “ghost of Bosnia” haunts Conservative Party thinking as the British government considers how to intervene in the Syrian conflict, a top diplomatic editor told press attachés.

Speaking at a DPAAL meeting as EU foreign ministers prepare to discuss the arms embargo on Syria, Guardian diplomatic editor Julian Borger said the previous Conservative government’s active campaigning against intervention in the Balkans had been a “traumatic experience” for current Tory foreign policy makers.


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