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Martin Newland, editor-in-chief of Abu Dhabi’s new English language daily speaks with Arab Media & Society.
October, 2007. In a segment by George Weyman, the BBC’s World’s media correspondent Sebastian Usher discusses the Alan Johnston kidnapping in Gaza and the dynamics of journalist kidnappings in the world today.
October, 2007. Speaking to Arab Media & Society’s George Weyman, Sue Phillips, London bureau chief for Al Jazeera International, reflects on the network’s first year and the changes and challenges that lie ahead.
Recently posted at the British embassy in Dubai, Jon Wilks is no newcomer to the Middle East. Having served across the region over a number of years, the fluent Arabic speaker has been brought in to explain British government policy to the Arab World. Speaking to Arab Media & Society Managing Editor George Weyman, Wilks talks about his role, revealing his mixed views on Arab-channel interviews and how he avoids discussing conspiracy theories.
Two years on, Nabil Kassem is still profoundly affected by his experiences in Sudan. What he witnessed there, and recorded in a film he made for Al Arabiya, were scenes of unspeakable brutality and untold suffering, scenes he thought would surely wake up an Arab public all too willing to let Darfur pass by. But 'Jihad on Horseback' never made it across the airwaves. In this highly charged interview with Lawrence Pintak, Kassem speaks of how Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir prevented the broadcast of perhaps the most provocative documentary film ever made by an Arab director.
“If I am optimistic it’s not because the powers that be are really changing, it’s because technology has provided a platform for people to break out of the systems that exist in their countries” says Daoud Kuttab, founder and chief of Amman Net, Jordan’s first independent online radio station, in conversation with Co-Editor Lawrence Pintak.
There is no doubt bloggers have claimed some significant scalps against Hosni Mubarak's authoritarian regime outing police brutality and probing government policy. But with the trial of Kareem Amer has the tide turned against blogging freedoms in Egypt? Co-Editor Lawrence Pintak is joined by Egyptian blogger Sandmonkey and media training specialist Tarek Atia to debate the issue.