Sunday, February 01, 2015

Kenji Goto san

The International Communications Forum wishes to express its sadness at the killing of Kenji Goto san and our grave concern at the continued kidnapping and execution of journalists and aid workers by the militant group Daish a.k.a. Isis. We were particularly saddened by the execution of the inspired and courageous aid worker Peter Kassig who was well known to friends of the NCF and now we are doubly saddened by the barbaric execution of the outstanding Japanese freelance journalist and film-maker Kenji Goto san whom we had hoped might be released unharmed as a consequence of the Herculean efforts of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to intervene.
Kenji Goto san is a writer of great stature. His work on aids, on blood diamonds, on Afghanistan and on exposing other key issues has been seminal. His work emphasises humanity with titles such as: "We want peace not diamonds" or "Born in an aids village" or "Prayers of Rwanda" or "If I could go to School". He is 47 years old and is survived by a wife and two children, one of whom is a babe in arms.
In a recent interview with a Japanese news site, Kenji Goto san is quoted by the BBC as having said he wanted to help people in conflict areas.
"The places I visit to report face unbearable hardship, but even there people live their daily lives," he said. "Those people always have something to say, a message they want conveyed. If I can help relay their message to the world, it might lead to a solution of some sort. If that happens, perhaps I can say my job was a 'success'."
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Disinformation and Xenophobia in Middle East Media: Talking Paris, Charlie and the Salafists

We at the International Communications Forum remain gravely concerned by recent events in Paris. We believe that the international press has a particular responsibility for both reducing incitement and increasing understanding. Some observations on this crucial issue follow on this link:

Disinformation and Xenophobia in Middle East Media: Talking Paris, Charlie and the Salafists

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hope for the Al Jazeera three

An appeal goes forward on Thursday 1st January for the three Al Jazeera journalists given gross prison sentences by Egypt's General Sissi.

They were imprisoned in a sham trial as a reprisal for Qatar based Al Jazeera satellite channel's unrestrained and enthusiastic support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt's parliamentary elections.

The squabble between Qatar and Egypt's military runs deep and goes way back to the days when the former Emir of Qatar overthrew his father to take power and the old Emir attempted a counter coup with the support of Egypt - a counter coup that failed of course. But the present Emir is the grandson of the old Emir. And time heals many wounds. Thus it is that Qatar and Egypt, at the behest of Saudi Arabia, have come to some sort of rapprochement in the past few weeks that culminated in a visit to Cairo by the new young Emir.

As a consequence, Al Jazeera Arabic (Al Jazeera English remains hearteningly independent) have stopped calling Sissi just Sissi in their news reports and now call him "His Excellency the President".

Ah well, it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good. What this means is that there is every chance that Al Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, imprisoned for merely interviewing Muslim Brotherhood leaders in the aftermath of the election of "His Excellency the President Sissi", may now be released. Not immediately you understand. Things take time because Egypt has to maintain the crude pretense that its justice system is fair. But there will be a retrial ordered by the Court of Appeal almost sure as eggs are eggs.

Having said which the Egyptian justice system remains a complete joke. By way of example, Egyptian blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah was imprisoned last Summer for taking part in an unsanctioned anti-government protest. His trial took place in September and he was sentenced to fifteen years in prison. As part of the case against him the judge allowed the prosecutors to show a video of his wife BELLY DANCING. What a perverted world it sometimes is.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Nina: Glossy Magazine For Arab Women Launched In London

This came in from Karen Dabrowski:


Nina, a glossy magazine for Arab women everywhere was launched at London’s Iraqi Cultural Centre by the Editor- in- chief Madeleine White and Deputy Editor and Arabic specialist Sana Bekki.

The first issue of the colour bi lingual magazine included an interview with internationally renowned Iraqi-born architect Dame Zaha Hadid who conveyed a message of inspiration to Iraqi women stressing the importance of education. She said :”I believe education is so important allowing all young people to explore the future possibilities and learn from history, especially now where we are on a global stage. I see women around the world as being smart, gifted and tough but a good education can open ideas and opportunities. Secondly never give up. I am extremely grateful for my success but architecture is a tough profession, so it has been a struggle. I think it is very important to have the commitment to persevere and to have a strong belief in yourself. As a woman, you need the confidence that you can carry on and take new steps every time. You can’t always get everything right every time – but you have to keep trying.”

There is also an interview with one of the sponsors Iraqi billionaire industrialist Faruk Mustafa Rasool who points out that in Iraq there are quotas that 25 percent of politicians should be made of women. However , often women in positions of political power are there because of connections. I believe this is wrong. There should be professionalism in all areas of life.”

Nouriya Shaya, the first female bank manager in Iraq who will turn 90 this year tells her story as does Asmahan Nasir a 30-year-old widow who returned to her work as a hairdresser.

Nina has an impressive, growing strategic partnerships network. An MOU was signed recently with the Iraqi Business Council in Jordan and there are also strategic partnerships with Asiacell, Afren, Chamber Trade Sweden and Microsoft.

Issue two, focusing on the environment, will be published in December.

www.nina-iraq.com 

Monday, February 10, 2014

FINAL CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR 2014 INTERNATIONAL MEDIA AWARDS

The Next Century Foundation wishes to issue a final call for nominations for the 2014 International Media Awards. With shortlisting due to take place by mid-February, nominations sent in after Friday, 14 February will not be considered. This year's awards will be held on May 10, 2014.

The International Media Awards are presented at a ceremony held each year by the International Council for Press and Broadcasting, a subsidiary body of the Next Century Foundation. The awards honour editors, journalists, TV producers and broadcasters in recognition of the vital role that the media can play in fostering understanding, the essential pre-requisite of any peace process.

The Award categories are: Lifetime Achievement, Peace Through Media, Cutting Edge, Breakaway, New Media, Photography and Visual Media, and Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting and Media

Please send your nominations, and if possible a short biography of the nominees and why you are nominating them, to the International Media Awards via ncfmediagroup@aol.com.

For further information about the International Media Awards, visit www.internationalmediaawards.org

You may remember that the 2013 winners were:
 
Peace Through Media Award
  • PAT LANCASTER, editor of Middle East Magazine.
  • IGAL SARNA, columnist for Yediot Ahronot.
  • WAEL DAHDOUH, Al Jazeera correspondent in Gaza.
Photography and Visual Media Award
  • DON MCCULLIN, photojournalist and author. 
Lifetime Achievement
  • BENJAMIN POGRUND, contributor for the Guardian and previous sub-editor on the Independent foreign desk.
The Cutting Edge Award
  • LINA SINJAB, Damascus correspondent for the BBC.
  • RACHEL SHABI, journalist and author of ‘Not the Enemy: Israel’s Jews from Arab Lands’
  • NABILA RAMDANI, columnist and broadcaster for BBC and Al Jazeera.
The New Media Award
  • MAHMOUD AL YOUSIF, blogger. 
The Breakaway Award
  • GEORGE BUTLER, war artist.
Award for Outstanding Achievement
  • RANIA ALATTAR, journalist for BBC Arabic.

Friday, January 10, 2014

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR 2014 INTERNATIONAL MEDIA AWARDS

The Next Century Foundation wishes to remind you that the nominations for the 2014 International Media Awards will remain open to the public until the end of January. This year's awards will be held on May 10.

The International Media Awards are presented at a ceremony held each year by the International Council for Press and Broadcasting, a subsidiary body of the Next Century Foundation. The awards honour editors, journalists, TV producers and broadcasters in recognition of the vital role that the media can play in fostering understanding, the essential pre-requisite of any peace process.

The Award categories are: Lifetime Achievement, Peace Through Media, Cutting Edge, Breakaway, New Media, Photography and Visual Media, and Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting and Media

Please send your nominations, and if possible a short biography of the nominees and why you are nominating them, to the International Media Awards via ncfmediagroup@aol.com.

For further information about the International Media Awards, visit www.internationalmediaawards.org

You may remember that the 2013 winners were:
 
Peace Through Media Award
  • PAT LANCASTER, editor of Middle East Magazine.
  • IGAL SARNA, columnist for Yediot Ahronot.
  • WAEL DAHDOUH, Al Jazeera correspondent in Gaza.
Photography and Visual Media Award
  • DON MCCULLIN, photojournalist and author. 
Lifetime Achievement
  • BENJAMIN POGRUND, contributor for the Guardian and previous sub-editor on the Independent foreign desk.
The Cutting Edge Award
  • LINA SINJAB, Damascus correspondent for the BBC.
  • RACHEL SHABI, journalist and author of ‘Not the Enemy: Israel’s Jews from Arab Lands’
  • NABILA RAMDANI, columnist and broadcaster for BBC and Al Jazeera.
The New Media Award
  • MAHMOUD AL YOUSIF, blogger. 
The Breakaway Award
  • GEORGE BUTLER, war artist.
Award for Outstanding Achievement 
 
RANIA ALATTAR, journalist for BBC Arabic.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

INTERNATIONAL MEDIA AWARDS 2014

The Next Century Foundation is delighted to announce that the nominations for the International Media Awards 2014 are now open to the public. They will close by the end of this year on 31st December 2013.

The International Media Awards are presented at a ceremony held each year by the International Council for Press and Broadcasting, a subsidiary body of the Next Century Foundation. The awards honour editors, journalists, TV producers and broadcasters in recognition of the vital role that the media can play in fostering understanding, the essential pre-requisite of any peace process.

Please send your nominations, and if possible a short biography of the nominees and why you are nominating them, to the International Media Awards via ncfmediagroup@aol.com.

For further information about the International Media Awards, visit www.internationalmediaawards.org