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Head of counter terrorism policing to join conference debate

16 August 2017


The Head of National Counter Terrorism policing will join the debate around reporting terror at the Society of Editors ‘Fighting for real news’ conference in November.

Mark Rowley, Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations since June 2014, will join a panel discussion on ‘Reporting Terror: Are we doing the terrorists’ job for them?’ on Monday 13 November.

Rowley, a former Chief Constable of Surrey Police, leads the Counter Terrorism Policing Network in the UK and represents counter terrorism policing in its engagement with Government on operational and policy issues associated with tackling terrorism, espionage and proliferation. He is responsible for leading counter terror efforts not only in the capital but across the United Kingdom and oversaw the immediate police response to the Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge terror attacks early this year.

The conference will held in Cambridge at the newly built Tamburlaine hotel on the evening of Sunday 12 November with the main day of conference sessions at the University of Cambridge’s prestigious Clare College on Monday 13 November.

The main day of conference sessions will also hear from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick who will discuss police and media engagement. 

Ian Murray Deputy Executive Director of the Society of Editors said: "The debate on how the media reports terror and whether we are doing enough to ensure we do not do the terrorists' work for them will be an important session at the conference so I'm delighted that delegates will be able to hear from the man heading up the UK's anti-terrorism policing. It will be an opportunity for both sides of the debate to underscore best practice for countering acts of extreme violence while maintaining a free and vibrant media landscape."

Other confirmed speakers for the conference include Ronan Harris, Head of Google in the UK and Ireland, Chris Evans, Editor and Director of Content, Telegraph Media Group, Keith Harrison, Editor, Express & Star Wolverhampton, Áine Kerr, Manager, Journalism Partnerships, Facebook, Will Moy, Director, Full Fact, Jodie Ginsberg, Chief Executive, Index on Censorship, Rob Irvine, Editor, Manchester Evening News, Sarah Whitehead, Head of Home News, Sky News, Alan Edmunds, Editorial Director, Trinity Mirror Regionals, Toby Granville, Editorial Development Director, Newsquest and Megan Lucero, Director, Bureau Local. 

The conference is sponsored by Camelot, which has sponsored the Society of Editors since 2001, United Utilities, Google, BBC News, JTI,  Foot Anstey, PCS, NLA Media Access, Waitrose, Cambridge News, Press Assocation, Visit Cambridge and Beyond and HoldTheFrontPage. 

Those wishing to attend the conference have until Friday 25 August to take advantage of early bird rates for the must-attend media event. Visit

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