International Conference


The Arab Spring – and Beyond

torsdag 17. november 2011, kl. 09:30

Sal: Skram

Arrangør: Department of Journalism and Media Studies, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, in co-operation with Norwegian PEN, The Norwegian Union of Journalists, The Norwegian Institute of Journalism

Inngang: Gratis

The conference will focus on countries where the uprisings have not succeeded and on those where they have, but where freedoms are still fragile. Media freedom and freedom of expression will be an important part of the discussion. You will meet prominent speakers from the Arabic world and beyond, as well as from Norway. The conference will treat important issues related to the Arab Spring: about the historic roots; intervention policy, freedom of expression, the role of social and traditional media, and challenges for journalism.

09.30 – 10.00: Registration
10.00 – 10.15: Opening, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Espen Barth Eide and organisers.
10.15 – 12.00: I) Behind the Stories: Covering Revolutions. Moderator: Elisabeth Eide.
Ahmad Sheikh
, Al Jazeera/Qatar; Quatrina Hussain, Express-TV/Pakistan; Sidsel Wold, NRK/Norway; Ammar Al-Hamdan, Al Jazeera/Norway
12.00 – 12.30: The Significance of Freedom: Arab Women and Revolution. A film project. Truls Lie, Le Monde Diplomatique
12.30 – 13.30: Lunch
13.30 – 15.00: II) Social Media: Overrated, underrated? National Varieties
Moderator: Kristin Skare Oregret. Walid al Saqaf, Univ of Örebro/Sweden; Amal Wahab, Klassekampen/Cairo; Fredrik Græsvik, TV2/Norway
15.00 – 15.30: Coffee break
15.30 – 17.00: III) Freedom of Expression and Media Freedom. How Free?
Moderator: Norwegian P.E.N. Kamel Labidi, NARIC*/Tunisia; Ghias Aljundi, International PEN/Syria; Dag Herbjørnsrud, Ny Tid/Norway.

*NARIC is the National Independent Authority for Reform of Information and Communication, in Tunisia, set up after the revolution.

Registration to: (Indicate if you participate 17th and 18th or just one of the days). Participation is free of charge.