Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Broadcasting Conference on 8/9th May 2010

The State of Broadcasting in the Middle East

A conference organised by the International Council for Press and Broadcasting to provide an overview of the current status of Middle East broadcasting. This is a two day conference on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of May organised with the support of the US State Department.

The conference will be held at Initiatives of Change, 24 Greencoat Place, London, SW1P 1RD. Tel: 020 7798 6000
Saturday 8th May 2010.


9:15 Registration

9:45 Opening Remarks Katherine Van de Vate - Director, Media Outreach, US Government

10:00 Session One Middle East Satellite Television: Objective coverage or media myopia?

Chaired by: William Morris- Secretary General, Next Century Foundation

Panel: Jim Muir - BBC, Senior Correspondent, Beirut.

Zaki Chehab – LBC Satellite TV Correspondent

Adel Zanoon - AFP, Anglo-France Press

Adnan Abu-Hasna – Voice Radio project, Gaza

11:15 Coffee Break

11:30 Session Two Challenges to Middle East Broadcasting: Political Interference - The impact of censorship, intimidation and assassination Chaired by: Robin Williamson - International Communications Forum

Panel: Abdalrahman Dheyab Abdullah- Al Sharqiyah TV

Soran Aziz - Presenter, Producer and Broadcast Journalist APTN Correspondent (Alirqiya TV)

Moeen al Hilou, - Producer, Channel 10 TV, Gaza

Itai Anghel – Senior Correspondent, Channel 2 Israel

1:00 LUNCH

2:00 Session Three Challenges to Middle East Broadcasting: Technical Interference - the consequences of jamming and of the deportation of journalists

Chaired by: Louisa Brooke - Senior World Affairs Analyst, the BBC

Panel: Adel Darwish - Broadcaster and Newspaper columnist, former producer MBC TV

Ribal Al Assad - Chairman of ANN Satellite Television

Issam Abdullah - Broadcaster, former presenter LBC

3:00 Tea Break

3:15 Session Four Ethics of Broadcasting – the impact of xenophobia and disinformation Chaired by: Alan Mendoza – Director, The Henry Jackson Society (tbc)

Panel: Shahdi Al Khashif - Senior BBC Broadcast correspondent, Gaza

Maysa Baransi-siniora - Peace radio (Palestine)

Mossi Raz - Peace Radio (Israel)

5.00 Day One Concludes


Sunday 9th May – What Can be achieved? A series of policy working groups organised in cooperation with Innovation Arts

Working Discussion Groups 11.00 am - 4.00 pm (working lunch 1pm)

The DesignSession - the workshop with a difference - draws out the collective intellect and creative capabilities of participants to explore concrete opportunities for addressing the challenges that will have been raised on the previous day.

A results-driven collaborative experience, stakeholders come together in to share and develop:

• Original thinking and insights
• New tools, frameworks and models
• Innovative solutions and action plans

The process is interactive and encourages new thinking, the exchange of best practices and collaboration. We'll create an informal, creative atmosphere to allow you as participants, the main actors in the session, to work together as peers. A Facilitator manages the flow of the session, drawing out participation and collaboration and Discussion Leaders may be assigned to breakout groups, guiding participants through the team exercises. They encourage participation and share experiences, but do not give formal presentations.

The areas of focus for our DesignSession are the following:

Government and Broadcasting:

The way forward for a freer press led by Hon. Mark Hambly - Former Ambassador to Qatar and Lebanon former US Spokesman for the Middle East.

How do broadcasting organisations respond to censorship, jamming, intimidation and deportation?

Broadcasting Organisations in a safer world: Mechanisms to foster balanced press coverage led by Adel Darwish - Broadcaster and Newspaper columnist, former producer MBC TV

How do broadcasting organisations maintain integrity around disinformation and political bias?

The Individual Broadcaster: Ensuring ethics in journalism are not compromised led by William Morris- Secretary General, The Next Century Foundation and Chairman of the International Council for Press and Broadcasting

How do broadcasting organisations reinforce peace and not hatred

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