10th annual CIPR Maggie Nally Memorial Lecture to be delivered by Richard Gizbert, Al Jazeera

The presenter of Al Jazeera's weekly media programme, Listening Post, Richard Gizbert, is to give the 10th Maggie Nally Memorial Lecture in the Palace of Westminster on 19 January 2012.

Al Jazeera is one of the most influential news agencies in the Middle East and has earned worldwide recognition for its coverage of the Arab Awakening and Middle Eastern affairs.

Gizbert will be speaking about Western perceptions of Al Jazeera and media coverage of the Arab Spring. He has a long and accomplished career as a foreign correspondent and has reported from 67 different countries, has been with Al Jazeera English since its inception in 2006. His programme, Listening Post, has earned many accolades as one of the best media review programmes.

This year is the 10th anniversary of the lectures, which are held in memory of Maggie Nally, the CIPR's first female president and a leading public relations figure of her time. She co-founded CIPR's Greater London Group, served on the CIPR International group and was awarded the Sir Stephen Tallents Medal in 1987.

This prestigious annual event, organised by the CIPR, always attracts a great deal of attention. Previous speakers include film-maker Lord Puttnam, economist Sir Howard Davies and pollster and media commentator Sir Bob Worcester, MORI

The lecture, which is free, will be held in the House of Commons and is followed by a buffet supper in the historic Cholmondeley Room and Terrace in the House of Lords.

Notes to editors

Notes to editors

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).


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