Standing up to be counted

Darwish, Adel
July 2003
Middle East;Jul2003, Issue 336, p66
The Arab media has come a long way but it still has a long way to go. The first Media and Contemporary Challenges Conference held in Kuwait last month (7-9 June), was much more than a public relations exercise. The participants came from the four corners of the Arabic speaking region, glamorous television presenters, editors of Gulf newspapers and magazines, academics, politicians and former ministers of information disguised as journalists. Freedom and democracy were high on the agenda of topics for discussion, while state intervention, censorship and the role of certain ministries of information were roundly condemned for their part in their suppression.


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