Conference programme

International Conference on The Potential of Media: Dialogue, Mutual Understanding and Reconciliation - 2-3 May 2009, Doha, Qatar.

Saturday 2 May 2009

Inaugural Opening

8:00

Registration

10:00

Welcome Address by H.E. Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer AL Thani, Chairman of the Board, Doha Center for Media Freedom, Qatar

10:10

Address by George N. Anastassopoulos, President of the 34th session of UNESCO General Conference

10:25

Address by Abdul Waheed Khan, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO

10:35

Keynote Speech by Allister Sparks, Journalist and political analyst, South Africa, Member of the Board of Governors of the Doha Centre for Media Freedom

11:00

Tea/coffee break

11:30-13:00

Session 1: The role of media for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding

Moderator:

  • Abdelaziz Almahmoud, Editor in Chief, Al Arab

Panelists:

  • Kwame Karikari, Executive Director, Media Foundation for West Africa
  • Andrew Stroehlein, Communications Director, International Crisis Group
  • Ramzi Khoury, Strategic Communications Consultant; CEO, Strategy Falcons Ltd. of Dubai
  • Helena Cobban, Author, Former co-Director of Search for Common Ground in the Middle-East

 

 

13:00-14:30

 

 

Lunch

14:30-16:00

Session 2: Setting professional and ethical standards for media outlets to support open dialogue

Moderator:

  • Sami Zeidan, Senior Anchor, AL Jazeera International

Panelists:

  • Frank La Rue, Special Rapporteur of Freedom of Opinion and Expression of United Nations
  • Waddah Khanfar, Director General, Al Jazeera Network
  • Ognian Zlatev, Managing Director, Media Development Center, Bulgaria
  • Li Xiguang, University Councilor, Tsinghua University, Executive Dean, School of Journalism and Communication, President, Tsinghua International Center for Communication Studies, China

 

 

16:00-16:30

 

 

Tea/coffee break

16:30-18:00

Session 3: What specific role for media in promoting interreligious dialogue and mutual understanding?

Moderator:

  • Alvito de Souza, Secretary General, World Catholic Association for Communication (SIGNIS)

Panelists:

  • Owais Aslam Ali, Secretary General, Pakistan Press Foundation
  • Nazila Ghanea, Lecturer, International Human Rights Law, University of Oxford
  • Zuhair Al-Jezairy, Director, Aswat al Iraq Agency
  • Robert Ménard, Director, Doha Centre for Media Freedom


Sunday 3 May 2009

9:30-11:00

Session 4. The role of media in enhancing dialogue as a tool for empowering citizens

Moderator:

  • Santiago A. Canton, Executive Secretary, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Organization of American States (OAS)

Panelists:

  • Staffan de Mistura, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)
  • Raghida Dergham, Chief, Al Hayat Bureau, New York
  • Bambang Harymurti, Editor in Chief of Tempo Weekly Newsmagazine and Tempo Daily Newspaper, Indonesia
  • Sawsan Zaidah, Manager, Radio al Balad/AmmanNet, Jordan
  • Steve Buckley, President, World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)

11:00-11:30

Tea/coffee break

11:30-13:00

Adoption of final recommendations, framework for action and the Declaration

13:00-14:30

Lunch

15:30

Award ceremony: UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize

 

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