About Eric

Eric Wishart is the standards and ethics editor, and former editor-in-chief, of the international news agency Agence France-Presse, and the author of Journalism Ethics: 21 Essentials from Wars to Artificial Intelligence.

He lectures in journalism at the University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University, and is an external examiner for Cardiff University’s school of journalism.

He is a member of the ethics committee of the Society of Professional Journalists, a member of the Organisation of News Ombuds and Standards Editors, a judge for the Hong Kong News Awards and the SOPA (Society of Publishers in Asia) Awards, and a former president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong.

His areas of expertise include media ethics, journalist safety, and news writing and reporting.

Eric Wishart


Journalism Ethics

21 Essentials from Wars to Artificial Intelligence

This concise and authoritative work offers the latest guidance on journalism ethics for students and media professionals and will help empower news consumers to make informed decisions about the trustworthiness of their sources of information. It offers advice on all aspects of journalism ethics including accuracy and seeking the truth, representation of women, LGBTQ coverage, climate change, mental health, use of images, conflict reporting, elections, and how to use artificial intelligence. The author brings a unique perspective and depth of knowledge to the complex challenges facing journalists and news consumers in this era of fake news, disinformation, and artificial intelligence.

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Eric teaches journalism at Hong Kong University and Hong Kong Baptist University and is the external examiner for Cardiff University’s School of Journalism. He has also given regular talks at universities and schools on difference aspects of journalism.

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Fake News and Media Literacy Conference

Conferences and Events

Eric has participated in numerous conferences and events around the world. He speaks about issues relating to journalism and the news media, including fake news and disinformation, ethics and safety.

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Foreign Correspondents’ Club

One of the features that makes the FCC Hong Kong one of the world’s great press clubs is the range and quality of speakers.

Eric has hosted some major figures in world media at the club, including New York Times publisher A.G. Sulzberger, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, Committee to Protect Journalists executive director Joel Simon and Sonny Swe, founder of Frontier Magazine and a fierce defender of press freedom in Myanmar.

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Other Information

Eric Wishart being interviewed

In the Media

Interviews with Eric and other appearances in the news media.

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Here are links to a selection of ethics codes from around the world and guidelines on covering such topics as gender and sexual orientation, race, suicide and climate.

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Get in touch

If you have any questions or just want to say hello, please don’t hesitate to contact Eric by filling out the contact form or reaching out on social media.