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Met Commissioner to address Society of Editors conference

07 July 2017


Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick will be one of the key speakers at the Society of Editors conference in November.

The Commissioner, who earlier this year took over as the first ­female head of the Metropolitan Police in its 188-year history, will address delegates on the subject of police and media engagement in one of her first key speeches at the media event.

The ‘Fighting for Real News’ conference, the major annual gathering of editors and senior figures from all sectors of the media, will take place in Cambridge on Sunday 12 November and Monday 13 November.

A former
Assistant Commissioner, she joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1983 and rose through the ranks to become Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Security and Protection in 2007, before becoming the Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Crime in 2009.  She was responsible for tackling all non-terrorist serious crime in London as well as leading a modernisation programme.

In 2011 she was made the Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations responsible for countering terrorism and extremism and prior to her appointment as Commissioner she worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a Director General.  She was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for services to policing in 2010 and a CBE in 2015.

The conference, a key arena for media debate, will also hear from a representative from UK Counter Terrorism Policing. In the wake of recent terrorist attacks in the UK, the conference’s agenda will look closely at reporting terror and ask the question as to whether extensive media coverage of such atrocities perpetuates terrorist propaganda. The ‘Reporting Terror’ session will also hear from Sarah Whitehead, Head of Home News and Deputy Head of Newsgathering at Sky News and Rob Irvine, Editor of the Manchester Evening News.

Other conference sessions will look at Fake News
and the recent surge in restrictions placed upon freedom of expression in the UK, Europe and more widely. The panel on freedom of expression will hear from Jodie Ginsberg, Chief Executive of Index on Censorship. The session on Fake News will look at the role of social media companies and digital platforms and what they can do to tackle the issue.

The event is sponsored by United Utilities, Google, Foot Anstey, PCS and Camelot, which has supported the Society of Editors since 2001. 

Bookings for the conference are now open with a full conference early bird cost of £550 plus VAT for Society members. Full details of how to book are available at 

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