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Michèle Léridon

Michèle Léridon

Member of the Board, Conseil Superieur de l'Audiovisuel (CSA), France

Michèle Léridon is a Member of the Board of Conseil Superieur de l’Audiovisuel (CSA), France.  She is also Chair of the Working Group on Pluralism, Ethics and supervision of online platforms and the Committee of Experts on Combating Online Misinformation.  Ms Léridon joined the CSA in February 2019 and will be a member until January 2025.

Michèle Léridon graduated from the training center for journalists in Paris and the University Lumière-Lyon II. She became a journalist for regional newspapers such as: « La Voix de l’Ain » and successively « La nouvelle République du Centre Ouest » and « Usine Nouvelle » between 1977 and 1981. In 1981, she joined the international news agency France-Presse (AFP). After a stint at the France desk, she covered the media section from 1984 to 1989.

When she was assigned to the Africa desk (from 1989 to 1991), she carried out several missions in West Africa. Then, she founded the ‘Cities and Suburbs’ section on her own initiative, before being appointed Deputy Director of the Abidjan office, in charge of eight west African countries. In this regard, she covered the conflicts in Liberia and Sierra Leone from 1996 to 1999.

Ms Léridon also became Deputy Editor-in-Chief Europe Africa, Head of Social News department, Editorial Director (2006-2009) and Director of the Rome Office (2009-2014).

In the summer of 2014, Ms Léridon was News Director and Member of the AFP Executive Committee until 2019.

In 2014, Ms Léridon won the prize of the Annual international conference on journalism and information (Investigation and Reporting category) and in 2015, the European Alliance of New Agencies prize.
She was also trustee of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) from 2015 to January 2019.

 

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