A Breakout Session at the 4th UNAOC Global Forum, December 2011, Doha
The entire Arab region and a number of Muslim-majority countries have seen radical growth in their respective media sectors in the last 10 years. Many media outlets in these countries face persistent challenges when it comes to recruiting highly trained individuals. Activities run by major funders of media development – such as UNESCO, USAID and the European Commission – were featured and discussed.
- Greater coordination and information sharing among major funders is needed.
- Needs and priorities of media in different countries should be addressed notably through the implementation of appropriate projects.
Prof. Guy Berger
Director: Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO
Mr. Thomas McGrath
Administrator Euro Med Division, DG Relex (External Relations), European Commission
Mr. Cornell Sinclair
Senior Media Advisor, Office of Transition Initiatives, USAID
Mr. Wally Dean
Training Director, Committee of Concerned Journalists
Ms. Amy Selwyn
Executive Director, NewsXchange, Moderator
“Diverse societies do not have to be divided. Cultural and religious diversity do not produce conflicts, unless they are hardened by discrimination, or unless prejudice and stereotyping perpetuate marginalization.”
– H .E President Jorge Sampaio
Former High Representative for the UNAOC