Ex-AFP News Chief Michele Leridon Dies
Paris, May 4 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 4th May, 2021 ) :French journalist Michele Leridon, the first woman appointed as global news director of Agence France-Presse and lately a member of France's Superior Audiovisual Council, has died suddenly at the age of 62, the council said Tuesday.
"A woman of conviction, Michele Leridon was a great journalist, unanimously respected for her rich experience and great intellectual rigour," the council, which oversees France's tv and radio, said in a statement.
A cause of death was not given.
"Michele taught me a huge amount on my arrival at AFP, when she was Global News Director," said CEO Fabrice Fries. "She exemplified the human values I love at the Agency: empathy, curiosity about everything, integrity, judgement and a sense of humour.
She was an extraordinary person, who loved life." "We are all shocked and devastated by the sudden loss of Michele," added Phil Chetwynd, who succeeded Leridon as AFP's global news director.
"She was not only an outstanding journalist, but also a courageous leader of the AFP newsroom who was greatly admired for her honesty and integrity. It was an absolute pleasure to work alongside her." During her tenure as head of editorial, Leridon oversaw the rapid expansion of AFP's video and fact-checking departments, and pushed for a greater representation of women in its production.
During this time, she was also an administrative member of Reporters Without Borders.
She played a major role in guiding the CSA's approach to online platforms and social media, and was due to hold the position until 2025.