Freedom Press in the Middle East: Conference on June 15

The New Arab news network invites everyone to a free discussion of the challenges faced by the media and journalists in the Middle East. The Arab Spring of 2011 presented hope for Gulf countries to be free from dictatorial rule and media constraint. However  the opposite is happening. The Arab world is still plagued by media censorship, and independent journalism and objective coverage can be a life-threatening exercise.

This discussion will explore the current state of the media in the region and the future of press freedom in the wider Arab world.


Hosted and Chaired by SNP MP Tommy Sheppard.

Speakers Include:
– Faitma El-Issawi, research fellow, LSE Middle East Centre

– Melody Patry, advocacy officer at Index on Censorship

– Abdu Elshayyal, CEO of The New Arab

When: Wednesday, 15 June 2016 from 5.30-7pm

Where: Conference Room 15,  House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA