Aidan White (journalist)

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Aidan White is a journalist. He is Director of the Ethical Journalism Network, a global campaign promoting good governance and ethical conduct in media. He is the chairman of the Appointments Panel of the IMPRESS Project, the UK independent press regulator. He was the General Secretary of the International Federation of Journalists from 1987 until April 2011. He previously worked for several newspapers in the United Kingdom. He was with The Guardian in London prior to joining the IFJ. He is a long-time campaigner for journalists' rights and is a former activist with the National Union of Journalists in Great Britain and Ireland.

He was born in the Creggan area of Derry City in Northern Ireland in 1951.

His recent publications include Journalism, Civil Liberties and the War on Terror (2006), Making a World of Difference: the Story of Global Unions(2006) and To Tell You the TRUTH: the Ethical Journalism Initiative (2008).

In late August 2009 White criticized the United States Department of Defense for hiring the Rendon Group to profile journalists who wrote about the war on terror.[1] He wrote:

"It strips away any pretence that the army is interested in helping journalists to work freely. It suggests they are more interested in propaganda than honest reporting"

White is Honorary President of the journalism ethics charity MediaWise <> and a contributing editor and adviser to the Media Diversity Institute <>


  1. ^ Graff, Peter (2009-08-31). "U.S. military ends journalist profiling contract". Reuters. Archived from the original on 2009-09-01. 

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