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BEIRUT CONFERENCE TO EXPLORE PRESS DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ARAB WORLD

Next month, on 9 and 10 December, leading publishers and editors from across the Middle East and North African region will gather in Beirut, Lebanon to examine press developments in the Arab world, from the latest government policies to case studies of newspapers that have managed to make money while upholding their editorial independence.

"Fighting Back - Challenges and Opportunities for the Arab Press", a joint initiative of the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) and the Lebanese "An-Nahar" daily, will focus on profitable, independent media, blogs as an alternative way of telling the news, recent government clampdowns on media throughout the region as well as how best to address the current challenges faced by newspapers.

The event will pay particular tribute to Gebran Tueni, the "An-Nahar" publisher, WAN board member and press freedom advocate, who was murdered in December 2005, with the presentation of the Gebran Tueni Award to an Arab newspaper executive who embodies the qualities that he represented.

For more information, contact Kajsa Tornroth, co-director of press freedom programmes, at: [email protected]

(13 November 2007)

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