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Media and Development Conference III:Admirable courage
Posted on 13/03/2009 - 17:19
The conference room in Nieuwspoort might be a bit overcrowded, it only adds to the pleasant atmosphere. This time around, independent Arab journalists deliver their opening speeches to a crowd of Dutch colleagues, development cooperation specialists, ministerial employees and the staff of Free Voice.
Media and Development Conference III: Menassat: Digital Platform for News, Trends and Media
Posted on 13/03/2009 - 15:52
In Menassat , we  work exclusively with Arab journalists, who have difficulties publishing their material because of censorship or restricted press freedom. "We offer them a platform," says Belgian journalist Gert van Langendonck, cofounder of www.menassat. com.
Media and Development Conference III: Nidal Mansour: The positively anxious
Posted on 13/03/2009 - 13:48

Interview with Nidal Mansour is the President of the Centre for Defending Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ) in Jordan. Before becoming a tireless activist for press freedom, he was a prominent journalist himself. Menassat star writer Rita Barotta discovers more about his achievements, his motivation and his famous temper.

Media and Development Conference III:Defending the profession
Posted on 13/03/2009 - 12:15
The main goal of our union is to keep the professional journalists working in the best possible conditions: independent, with free access to information and with the freedom to publish, well-paid, in a safe position and aware of their rights and responsibilities. I will focus on a classical threat to free media: state interference.
Media and Development Conference III:The aborted dream of Hassan Rachidi
Posted on 12/03/2009 - 17:42
Founding the Moroccan al-Jazeera office in Rabat made his dream come true, but it became a nightmare. The authorities withdrew his press accreditation in June and he is currently facing trial on the accusation of deliberately spreading false news on riots in Sidi Ifni. Hassan Rachidi talks about the charges, his professional ethics and the media situation in Morocco in general.
Media and Development Conference III:Free media as a development mechanism
Posted on 12/03/2009 - 14:15
Dutch minister of Development Cooperation Bert Koenders warmly welcomed the international conference guests to his office to discuss the importance of media support and its potential pitfalls.
Media and Development Conference III: Printed media won’t take Caesar’s choice
Posted on 12/03/2009 - 12:31
When Julius Caesar was asked how he would like to die, he answered: “Suddenly”. He realized that waiting for death is worse than death itself. For us, journalists in printed media, we face serious challenges that threaten our existence. Our choice shouldn’t be between ways to die but methods to survive.
Media and Development Conference III: Abeer Saady :“I wanted to be a newspaper”
Posted on 11/03/2009 - 18:25
Abeer Saady is a successful journalist who has specialized in many varied fields and writes with the same ease about Islamic society as about technical subjects, such as the construction of a new metro network in Cairo.
Media and Development Conference III:Between opinion and offence
Posted on 11/03/2009 - 15:52
Walking a tight rope in the Middle East Journalists in the Middle East have little awareness of their rights and duties. This is why Free Voice trains local lawyers in media law. Egyptian lawyer Ehab Sallam coordinates this legal programme.
Media and Development Conference III:Do we belong to one planet?
Posted on 11/03/2009 - 13:35
“They are people just like us”, is a well-known phrase. Osama al-Sharif agrees but is hasty to add that we don’t live on the same planet. The veteran journalist from Jordan shares his views on media evolution, safeguarding good journalism and the possible relationship with the Western press.
Media and Development Conference III: The Shattered Shield of Journalism
Posted on 06/03/2009 - 17:17
I’m a Palestinian, and not just any Palestinian, I’m a journalist. When I started at the age of 17, peace was still slightly alive. I thought we enjoyed the most press freedom in the Arab world with no regulations on what you could or could not say. Free to criticise even the president himself with no consequences but a phone call that usually ended up with a talk over a cup of coffee with high ranking officials. The new intifada in 2000 changed everything. Eventually three enemies of the press emerged.
Media and Development Conference III:The Five Diseases of Media
Posted on 06/03/2009 - 16:29
The recent explosive increase in media messages has not resulted in more common intercultural understanding. Media help create stereotypes which curtail knowledge and simplify reality. In his speech Hisham Jaafar identifies five contributing mechanisms and sheds light on the role of new media.
Media and Development Conference III:The Importance of Free Media
Posted on 06/03/2009 - 15:12
The global future might look gloomy and good journalism is subject to many threats, but Thijs Berman is “too depressed to be a pessimist”. This European politician, formerly a first rate journalist, analyses the Internet revolution and its consequences for the role of journalists and the plight of politicians.
Media and Development Conference III:Sustaining the Struggle for Better Journalism and More Freedom
Posted on 06/03/2009 - 14:10
“Arab governments don’t want independent media to reveal their deep-rooted corruption. Therefore fierce hatred exists between governments and media. Governments will always try to control the media and buy them if possible.” CDFJ President Nidal Mansour takes the bull by the horns in his opening remarks to the Free Voice conference “Better Journalism, More Freedom”. “The price of freedom of the media is blood,” he adds, “we need to remember all the journalists who died doing their jobs.”
Media and Development Conference III: Editorial: What makes us tick...?
Posted on 04/03/2009 - 16:59
He is insistent and suspicious: “Why are you organising this programme? Why are the Dutch financing a journalism workshop? There must be certain self-interest? Otherwise you wouldn’t spend money on training Lebanese journalists.”


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