The School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo in cooperation with the UNESCO and League of Arab States’ Media and Communication sector will hold a conference titled “Media Policies and Freedom of Expression” on 25-26 February.
The conference will tackle an array of topics regarding media in Egypt and the Arab world, including: media policies in transitional democracies; the future of audio-visual media in Egypt; international models of media regulations; suggested models of independent media councils, responsible freedoms in the light of media laws; the role of independent public opinion centers; the role of media during election coverage; internet regulations in the Arab world; media code of ethics for radio and television and factors of media reform in Egypt.
The conference will host speakers and moderators from a renowned group of officials, media professionals and school deans, including:
Dean Nabil Fahmy, former minister of foreign affairs and dean, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, AUC
Ambassador Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, assistant secretary general at the League of Arab States (LAS) and head of media and communication sector
Ghaith Fariz, director at the UNESCO regional bureau for science in Arab states, Cairo
Ussama El-Sheikh, head of Al Nahar Television Network
Hassan Hamed, former head of Egyptian Radio and Television Union and former president of Egyptian Media Production City (EMPC)
Doreyya Sharaf El Din, former minister of information
Hamdi Al-Konayesi, former head of Egyptian public radio
Al-Nouri Allajmy, head of the Higher Independent Council for Audio-visual Communication, Tunisia
Gamal El-Shaer, head of the Broadcasting Training Institute, Egyptian Radio and Television Union
Salah Eissa, editor in chief of Al-Qahira Newspaper
Naomi Sakr, professor of media policy and director of the Communications and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), Arab Media Center
Hussein Amin, conference chair and professor of journalism and mass communication, AUC
Hafez El-Mirazi, director of Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism, AUC
Heba Shahin, head of department of mass communication, Faculty of Arts, Ain Shams University
Rasha Allam, media expert and professor of media management
Safwat El-Alim, professor of advertising and public relations, Faculty of Mass Communication, Cairo University
Location: The Oriental Hall in AUC Tahrir Campus.
Time: Wednesday and Thursday, February 25 and 26 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm