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Jonathan Heawood, Chief Executive Officer, IMPRESS: The Independent Monitor for the Press

Jonathan is the CEO and founder of the Independent Monitor for the Press: CIC (IMPRESS). He began his career as a journalist at the Observer and went on to spend seven years as Director of English PEN, where he campaigned successfully for the universal human right to freedom of expression. He co-founded the Libel Reform Campaign, which was shortlisted for a Liberty Human Rights Award, and sat on the Ministry of Justice Working Group on Libel Reform. He has also given evidence to several Parliamentary select committees.

Jonathan has written for a wide range of newspapers and magazines, including the Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, London Review of Books, Prospect and New Statesman, and has contributed articles to academic journals including Critical Quarterly, Ethical Space, the Journal of Media Law and Communications Law. In 2011, Jonathan was included in the Guardian’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world of publishing. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia, a member of the Committee of the Stephen Spender Trust and Vice-Chair of Governors at a federation of primary schools in West London.

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