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The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is holding a conference for the Arabic-speaking region on "The Role of Libraries in Freedom of Expression, Tolerance, and Access to Information" at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt on 7 to 9 October 2008.

The conference, aimed at library and information professionals and students as well as interested media and education professionals, is co-hosted by the Egyptian Library Association (ELIA), the Arab Federation for Libraries and Information (AFLI) and IFLA?s Centre for Arabic Speaking Libraries and Information Institutions at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

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A month later, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is launching its "Ethical Journalism Initiative" in Dubai, at a November regional conference for the Arab world hosted by the Association of Journalists of the United Arab Emirates.

The ethical initiative, which will also be promoted in Europe and Asia, "seeks to reinstate values and a clear mission to the journalistic profession while aiming to increase press freedom, promote quality journalism and encourage editorial independence," the IFJ says. Regional IFJ meetings in Bahrain and Morocco May "agreed that it was time to address 'corruption inside the media' and to take a closer look at journalism that may spur sectarian violence."

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(20 August 2008)

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