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WAN-IFRA's Arabic Free Press Forum takes place in June in Lebanon

The fourth Arab Free Press Forum will take place in Lebanon in June 2010 in the lead up to the 63rd World Newspaper Congress and 17th World Editors Forum, organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

Undaunted, the independent press continues its work throughout the Middle East and North Africa, despite repressive government policies, economic hardships and brutal political patronage.

Yet what are the prospects for the Arab independent press to fully play its role as a counterweight to governmental abuse? Can it investigate, challenge and provoke within the current political environment? Can it report critically and hold those in power to account if faced with immense political, judicial and financial pressures?

Editors, publishers and journalists from across the Arab world will come together in Beirut to address those questions.

For more information, please contact Virginie Jouan: vjouan (@) wan.asso.fr

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