Uniting or Dividing? Media and Politics in the Arab World
Join the PeaceTech Lab and BBC Media Action for a robust discussion with media and regional experts.
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The “Arab Spring” brought global attention and scrutiny to the media of the Arab world. In helping to overturn decades of centralised political control, social media appeared – at first glance – to have fundamentally altered the rules of the political game in the region. In the years since, it has become clear that the relationship between media – social, broadcast, public and private – and politics is more complicated.
A more pluralistic Arab media environment has undeniably led to an improvement in freedom of expression. But it has also simultaneously allowed the media to be increasingly co-opted in the service of narrow political interests in the region. This panel will explore the relationship between media and social cohesion in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings. It will look at how different types of media shape identity in the region and whether media can help communities overcome social divides or invariably pull them apart.
Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm EST
- Alexandra Buccianti, Project Manager, BBC Media Action and co-author of After the Arab Uprisings: Prospects for a Media that Serves the Public
- Joyce Karam, Washington Bureau Chief, Al-Hayat Columnist
- Marc Lynch, Professor of Political Science and International Relations, George Washington University and author of The New Arab Wars: Anarchy and Uprising in the Middle East
- Sarhang Hamasaeed, Senior Program Officer, Middle East and North Africa Progam, U.S. Institute of Peace