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Register now for WAN-IFRA's Arab Free Press Forum (Tunis, 22-24 January)

In the midst of the Arab revolutions, what should be the role of the independent Arab press? Join leading publishers, journalists and press freedom advocates in Tunis, Tunisia, to discuss this and more at the Arab Free Press Forum, from 22 to 24 January 2012.

An initiative of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), the forum will look at how the media has helped and hindered the revolutions, what ways the media can regain public trust in a world of citizen journalists and social networks, and how better to use those very same social networks - among other topics.

Don't miss the closing session, which asks delegates to reflect on what they've heard through a "Tweet Nadwa": speakers are allowed only 140 seconds to make their points or respond to questions, with audience members waving their approval of comments to symbolise "re-tweeting".

(The "Tweet Nadwa" is the brainchild of Alaa Abd El Fatah, who brought the Twitter community into the offline sit-in debates in Tahrir Square during the Egyptian revolution. Alaa is currently in detention in Egypt.)

Speakers include UNESCO director for free expression Guy Berger, Tunisian journalist Fahem Boukadous, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information's Gamal Eid and the Bahrain Center for Human Rights president Nabeel Rajab.

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

Click here for more information on the conference panels, schedule of events and registration.

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