AUC to host conference on media policies and freedom of expression


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

Registration required.