Top French Journalist to Visit ECU, Discuss International Journalism and Press Freedom
A top journalist for Agence France-Presse, the international French news agency, will visit ECU next week to discuss differences between French and American journalism and French and American news audiences.
Léon Bruneau, AFP’s deputy chief editor for North America, is being brought to ECU as a visiting professional by the School of Communication. On Thursday, Oct. 29, Bruneau will address an International News Communication class in the morning, followed by a public session at 4:30 p.m. where he will discuss the January 2015 attacks on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Bruneau will discuss implications of the attack for freedom of the press in France, and describe how it compares to U.S. press freedom. That session is in the Bate Building, Room 1022.
On Jan. 7, two al-Qaida gunmen broke into the Paris offices of the satirical magazine, killing 11 and wounding 11 more with assault rifles and other weapons. The attack was followed by several related attacks in France over the next two days. On Jan. 11, two million people, including more than 40 world leaders, showed support for free speech and French unity at a rally in Paris, many chanting, Je suis, Charlie (We are Charlie) in honor of the slain journalists.
Bruneau has been a journalist for AFP for 20 years. Prior to his current position, he was a U.S. politics correspondent in Washington, covered NATO and the European Union in Brussels, and was senior editor on the International Desk in Paris. He is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Lyon, France, and holds a master’s degree in political science from the Université Paris 1 (Sorbonne).
Agence France-Presse is the world’s third largest news agency, with 200 bureaus covering 150 countries, and nearly 1,600 journalists relaying news around the clock.
Contact: Cindy Elmore, Associate Professor, School of Communication, Elmorec@ecu.edu, 252-328-5306