By: E&P Staff
First Amendment attorney Richard N. Winfield has been elected chairman of World Press Freedom Committee succeeding James H. Ottaway, Jr., of Ottaway Newspapers and board member of Dow Jones, Inc. who has served as WPFC’s chairman for 10 years.
He becomes the fourth chairman since WPFC was organized in 1976 to counter the new world information and communication order (NWICO) proposed by Third World authoritarian countries and promoted by the Soviet Union at UNESCO. Most press freedom advocates believed NWICO to be a serious threat to the objective preparation and distribution of news.
Winfield is of counsel to the international law firm of Clifford Chance US LLP.
The World Press Freedom Committee is a non-profit, non-governmental press freedom organization based in Washington, DC. It administers the global Coordinating Committee of Press Freedom Organizations, consisting of nine leading international press freedom advocacy groups.
Since the mid-1990s, Winfield has led the media law reform programs of the American Bar Association/Central European Law Initiative in numerous former Soviet bloc nations, WPFC said.
For more than three decades, he served as general counsel of The Associated Press while a partner in the firm of Rogers & Wells, which became Clifford Chance US LLP.