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- Mr Ronan BRADY, journalist, Ireland

- Mr Jon DEVITT, Political correspondent, BBC World Service and World TV

- Mr Mike GRANATT, Partner, Luther Pendragon, United Kingdom

- Mr Jose Maria IRUJO AMATRIA, Senior Editor and Investigative Reporter, El PAIS, Spain

- Mr Alexei PANKIN, Comments and Opinion section editor, Izvestia, Moscow, Russian Federation

- Dr Gregory SIMONS, Researcher, Crismart and Department of East European Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden

- Mr Jon WILLIAMS, TV Newsgathering Editor for the BBC

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Mr Ronan BRADY, journalist, Ireland

Ronan Brady is a freelance journalist. Originally from Northern Ireland, he is now living in Dublin, where he lectures in journalism. He is an activist in the National Union of Journalists, which covers Great Britain and both parts of Ireland. He specialises in media freedom and media ethics issues. On behalf of the International Federation of Journalists, he has lead seminars on professional issues in Russia, Romania, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Greece and Tajikistan. He has done similar work with the Council of Europe and the OSCE.

In 1995 he was a United Nations human rights field officer in Rwanda. In 2001 he completed a report on the problems facing journalists in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan for the IFJ and the Council of Europe. In 2005 he wrote part of the Article 19 report on media self-regulation in Europe Freedom and Accountability.

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Jon Devitt has been the Political Correspondent for BBC World Service and World TV since 1999. He's been a reporter and correspondent with the BBC for 22 years.
Starting at BBC Radio Bristol before becoming a general news reporter for Radio and TV news. In the 1990's he was a Middle East Correspondent based in Jerusalem and Central Europe Correspondent based in Vienna.

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Mr Mike GRANATT, CB FCIPR, partner, Luther Pendragon

Mike Granatt is one of the UK’s most experienced public relations practitioners, and an expert in crisis management. He is also a frequent expert commentator for the BBC on terrorist and crisis management issues.

In 2004 he joined Luther Pendragon after 20 years in some of the top communication posts in UK Government. From 1998 – 2003, Mike worked at the centre of Government as Director-General of the Government Information and Communication Service (GICS). He was also head of the national civil crisis management unit, the Civil Contingencies Secretariat.

Before then, Mike had been director of communication for the ministries covering home affairs, security, policing, emergency planning, environment, local government and energy. He was also director of public affairs for London’s Metropolitan Police Service at the height of the Irish republican terrorist campaign.

For eight years, Mike chaired the national Media Emergency Forum, which brings together top officials from the news media, Government, the emergency services, and key utilities. Its mission is to ensure that in a crisis the public receives the best possible information alongside normal news services.

Mike is Visiting Professor for the Communication School at the University of Westminster, and Senior Visiting Fellow at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. He is an elected Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and holds its highest professional award.

In 2001, Her Majesty the Queen appointed him a Companion of the Bath for exceptional public service.

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Mr Jose Maria IRUJO AMATRIA, Senior Editor and Investigative Reporter, El PAIS, Spain

José María Irujo is a senior editor and investigative reporter for EL PAIS. He has received seven of Spain's most prestigious awards for journalism during his career and is known for unearthing the “Roldán Case”, which exposed the extent of corruption in the previous socialist administration. Many of his articles warned as early as 2000 of Al Qaeda's presence and the risk of an attack in Spain. He has just published “El Agujero. España invadida por la yihad“ (The Hole. Spain Invaded by Jihad), in which he describes how the 11 March attacks in Madrid were pulled off. He has also published four books on ETA, corruption, and “La Lista Negra (The black List), in which he revealed the presence of hundreds of Nazi spies and war criminals living in Spain under the protection of Franco.

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Mr Alexei PANKIN, Comments and Opinion section editor, Izvestia, Moscow, Russian Federation

Alexei Pankin was born in 1957. In 1984, he got a PhD from the Georgy Arbatov US and Canada Studies Institute in Moscow where he worked as a researcher on the American media. 
From 1988 to 1992, he was Deputy Editor of Mezhdunarodnaya Zhizn/International Affairs magazine, the leading Soviet/Russian monthly magazine on foreign policy. Between 1992 and 1996  he worked at the Duesseldorf-based European Institute for the Media as head of programmes related to Eastern and Central Europe and the CIS. In this capacity he organized national elections media coverage monitoring missions in post-Communist countries ranging from Estonia to former Yugoslavia, and from Russia to South Caucasus. Those were funded by the European Commission and/or OCSE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.
Upon return to Russia, he founded Sreda, a monthly magazine for media professionals. Since January 2005 he was appointed Comments and Opinion section editor at the leading Russian national daily Izvestia. With him Izvestia became the first authentic Russian title to introduce this format. 
He was also Director of the Media Development Program, a $10,5 million USAID-funded project to assist the shaping of independent, professional and economically viable media in Russia and Director of the Russian Media Support Program at the Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation)  - Russia.

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Dr Gregory SIMONS, Researcher, Crismart and Department of East European Studies,
Uppsala University, Sweden

Greg Simons – was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. Has been educated in New Zealand at the University of Canterbury, where he received his PhD (on Russian mass media) and in Russia, at the Russian University of Friendship Peoples’ (in Moscow). Dr. Simons has also undertaken a number of professional courses and seminars in Sweden, U.K., Belgium and Netherlands relating to crisis management and the mass media’s role in reporting during crises.

Currently he is based at Crismart (Crisis Research Management and Training) in Stockholm (www.crismart.org) as an editor of the English language volumes on crisis management and a researcher. Dr. Simons is also based at the Department of East European Studies at Uppsala University in Sweden (www.east.uu.se) where he is a guest researcher.

Presently he is researching the subject of how the Russian mass media currently approach the problem of reporting on terrorism and major incidents (such as submarine accidents). A secondary research interest is the contemporary Russian Orthodox Church, especially from the point of view of identity building and influencing values. Several works on the theme of Russian mass media’s reporting on the phenomenon of terrorism are forthcoming.

Selected Recent Works

Russian Crisis Management Communications and Media Management Under Putin, this can be downloaded at; http://www.east.uu.se/publications/AR85GS.doc.
The Russian Orthodox Church and its Role in Cultural Production, Stockholm, Almqvist & Wiksell International, March 2005.

Simons, G. “The Cost of Freedom: Economic Viability and Editorial Freedom in the Russian Mass Media in Kimmo Elo & Katja Ruutu (editors), Russia and the CIS: Janus-faced Democracies, Helsinki, Aleksanteri Papers 2:2005, pp.166 – 185.

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Mr Jon WILLIAMS, TV Newsgathering Editor for the BBC

Jon Williams is the TV Newsgathering Editor for the BBC – leading the coverage of stories, in the UK and around the world for the BBC’s domestic and international TV services.

A former graduate trainee, Jon joined the BBC after leaving Manchester University where he studied politics and modern history. He spent six years in Leeds, including two as editor of its regional news programme before moving to ITN to launch Channel 5 News.

Jon returned to the BBC in 2000 as editor of its political programmes unit before moving to become deputy editor of BBC ONE’s Six o’Clock News – Britain’s most watched news programme. In 2004 he was appointed, Home News Editor – leading the BBC’s team of domestic correspondents and producers for radio and television. As such, he was the main point of contact for government and the emergency services on contingency planning prior to the bomb attacks in London on July 7th.

It’s a role in which Jon continues to lead for the BBC as TV Newsgathering Editor – a position he took up in August 2005.

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