The Asia Media Journal
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July 7, 2010

Derek Francis: Rest In Peace

It is with great sadness that we report Derek Francis, friend and colleague to us all at Media Partners Asia and to many within the industry, has died in a tragic car accident while on holiday in the UK.

Derek was travelling with his partner, Analiza Presto, to visit relatives in England’s West Country when the fatal accident occurred, claiming both lives.

Derek and Ana touched many people with their selfless love of people and life, and will be sorely missed. A memorial service will be held for Derek in Hong Kong on Wednesday 21 July.

A website,, has been set up to celebrate Derek's life. The site has details of the service in Hong Kong, as well as areas where friends and colleagues can post tributes and memories.

Derek joined Media Partners Asia in October 2008, and had recently been promoted to analyst, as well as assistant editor of The Asia Media Journal.

"Derek held the heart of a champion, his mind brilliant, ripe and rich with principles and creativity," said Rupert Wilkinson, executive director and co-founder of MPA. "His part in our story will always be cherished."

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