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BEIRUT TO HOST WAN'S THIRD ANNUAL ARAB FREE PRESS FORUM

Join more than 100 leading publishers, journalists and press freedom advocates in Beirut, Lebanon to attend the World Association of Newspapers' (WAN) Arab Free Press Forum, on 12 and 13 December 2008.

A joint initiative of WAN and the Lebanese "An-Nahar" daily newspaper, the forum will examine the latest press developments in the Arab world, such as the draconian laws and government policies that are being used to silence the independent press; blogging as a way to circumvent the censors; and the appeal and influence of Pan-Arab news media.

Speakers include Yemeni journalist Abdel Karim al-Khaiwani, Ibrahim Issa from Egypt and the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue.

IFEX's Tunisia Monitoring Group (TMG) will also host a special event on 12 December to highlight increasing threats to Tunisian rights activists and journalists, which will honour blogger and lawyer Mohamed Abbou.

The closing ceremony will pay special tribute to Gebran Tueni, a WAN board member and press freedom advocate who was murdered in December 2005, with the presentation of the third Gebran Tueni Award to an Arab newspaper executive who embodies Tueni's qualities.

The forum is free to attend and simultaneous translation into Arabic, French and English will be available.

For more information on the conference panels, schedule of events and registration, contact Virginie Jouan at: vjouan (@) wan.asso.fr or see: http://www.wan-press.org/arabfreepressforum/

(5 November 2008)

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