AFP appoints new editor-in-chief as Sophie Huet moves to AI strategy role

Mehdi Lebouachera will succeeded Sophie Huet, effective Nov. 5


Mehdi Lebouachera has been named the next global editor-in-chief at news agency AFP, starting in November after the U.S. election.

Lebouachera is currently AFP’s chief editor for the Asia-Pacific region, a job he took on in September 2021, overseeing 250 journalists in 26 countries.

He will replace Sophie Huet, who has been global editor-in-chief since 2019. From November Huet will take on a new role leading AFP’s artificial intelligence strategy.

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