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An Analysis of the Media Environment in the Middle East and North Africa

In advance of IREX’s second Media Sustainability Index for the Middle East and North Africa, CIMA and NED’s MENA Program hosted a discussion on the region’s media environment.

Laith Kubba, the senior director of NED’s Middle East and North Africa Program, moderated the event, while IREX’s Leon Morse reviewed the Index’s findings, including the growth of private broadcast outlets, the need to improve business management practices, and the increasing use of new media. Panelists Hisham Melhem, of Al-Arabiya, and Salim Swidan, of Nablus TV, discussed the challenges to press freedom that journalists experience in the region.


Moderator:

Laith Kubba
National Endowment for Democracy

Discussant:

Leon Morse
IREX

Panelists:

Hisham Melhem
An Nahar, Al-Arabiya

Salim Swidan
Nablus TV 


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