William Horsley is former BBC journalist and foreign correspondent (1983-2007) and a writer and broadcaster on international affairs. He is a Vice President and Media Freedom Representative of the Association of European Journalists. He has written a series of reports on The State of Media Freedom in Europe for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and is the author of the Safety of Journalists Guidebook published by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Since 2008 he has also worked as international director of the Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM) at the University of Sheffield, a partner of UNESCO for implementation of the UN Action Plan on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. He is an independent member of the Council of Europe’s expert advisory committee on the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists (2014-2015).