EGYPT MEDIA FORUM

ADVANCING EXCELLENCE IN EGYPTIAN MEDIA: A TRANSNATIONAL FORUM ON MEDIA PROFESSIONALISM, OWNERSHIP AND REGULATION

October 1 – 3, 2014 | Washington, DC

 

AGENDA

  

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1ST

  

12:00 – 3:00 PM: World Bank Luncheon & Discussion

There will be a lunch and conversation with Inger Andersen, the Vice President of the World Bank Department of Middle East and North Africa, and several members of her team, which will focus on the projects the Bank is working on in Egypt today. This will be followed by a discussion with the members of the External Affairs for the Middle East and North Africa team. 

 

3:30 – 5:00 PM: George Washington University (GW) School of Media and Public Affairs – Faculty Discussion (Members of Academia from Egyptian Delegation only)

Members of academia from the Egyptian delegation will meet with the Dean of the GW Columbian College of Arts & Sciences and professors from the School of Media and Public Affairs to discuss the institution's programs and opportunities for collaboration with Egyptian counterparts. 

 

6:30 – 7:00 PM: Registration and Welcome Reception

Location: The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs

 

7:00 – 9:00 PM: Welcome Remarks & Dinner

 Introduction:

  •  Amir Abdallah, Co-Founder of the Egyptian American Dialogue Initiative, Vice President of MMA Global Advisors

Welcome Remarks:

  • Dean Ben Vinson III, Dean of The George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences; Former Director of the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University
  • Mohamed Younis, Senior Gallup Analyst for the Middle East and North Africa
  • Mahmoud Abdallah, Founder of the Egyptian American Dialogue Initiative, Managing Partner of MMA Global Investments LLC, President of MMA Global Advisors

 

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2ND

  

8:30 – 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast & Coffee

Location: The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs

 

9:00 – 10:15 AM: The Evolution and Challenges of the Egyptian Media Sector

Location: The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs

Speakers will summarize the evolution of the Egyptian media, including the shifting relationship between media, government and society, the impact of historical changes in the mediascape over the last three decades, such as the easing of private ownership and the rise of social media usage. The discussion will include a review of the legal, professional and regulatory environment shaping the sector, including new additions to Egypt’s most recent Constitution expanding freedom of the press and calling for the formation of professional and regulatory bodies. Speakers will interpret the impact of such decrees, review the opportunities they present and provide a lens into the national debate on the sector’s reform priorities in the current socio-political context. This conversation will also reflect on the effectiveness of such bodies and decrees, appropriate enforcement procedures, and which laws should be added or amended in order to advance excellence in media.

 

Moderator:

Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University; Former CNN Bureau Chief and White House Correspondent

 

Panelists:

  • Mohamed Salmawy, President of the Writers’ Union of Egypt; Former Editor-in-Chief, Al Masry Al Youm; Spokesperson for the Committee of 50 that wrote Egypt’s Constitution
  • Mirette F. Mabrouk, Deputy Director for Regional Programs, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council; Founding Publisher of the Daily News Egypt
  • Hafez El Mirazi, Director of Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism at The American University of Cairo; Former host and correspondent on Al Arabiyya TV, BBC, and the Arab Network of America
  • Hani Shukrallah, Executive Director of the Heikal Foundation for Arab Journalism; Former Chief Editor of Al-Shorouk; Founder and Former Chief Editor of Ahram Online

 

10:15 – 10:30 AM: Break

 

10:30 – 1:00 PM: Issue #1: Outlining Media Legal and Regulatory Frameworks

Location: The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs

Considering the issues surrounding current regulatory frameworks and international experiences, participants will discuss constitutional declarations and the scope of regulatory and professional bodies. This conversation will also include considering different dispute resolution options ranging from an ombudsman to when it is appropriate to include the court system.

 

Moderator:

Sahar Aziz, Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law; President of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association

 

Part 1: Panel - Current Issues in Egypt (10:30 – 11:15 AM)

Panelists:

  • Ziad Bahaa El-Din, Attorney-at-Law; Former Deputy Prime Minister of Egypt; Former Minister of International Cooperation of Egypt; Former Chairman of the Egyptian General Authority for Investment and Free Zones
  • Yasser Abdel Aziz, Media Consultant and Trainer; Member of the National Human Rights Council
  • Abdel Latif El Menawy, Columnist and Multimedia Journalist; Founder of Middle East Media Center for Studies; Author of Tahrir: The Last 18 Days of Mubarak

 

Part 2:    Panel - International Experiences (11:15 – 12:00 PM)

Panelists:

  • Courtney Radsch, Advocacy Director, Committee to Project Journalists
  • Michael Getler, Ombudsman at PBS
  • Charlie Firestone, Executive Director of Aspen Institute’s Communication and Society Program; Former Attorney at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • William Youmans, Professor of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University

 

Break (12:00 – 12:15 pm)

 

Part 3:     Roundtable Discussion - Recommendations (12:15 pm – 1:00 pm) 

Lead Discussants:

  • Hafez El Mirazi, Director of Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism at The American University of Cairo; Former host and correspondent on Al Arabiyya TV, BBC, and the Arab Network of America
  • Samer Shehata, Professor of Middle East Studies at The University of Oklahoma

 

1:00 – 2:15 PM: Plenary Luncheon & Keynote

Location: The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs 

Introduction:

Judy Miller, Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter formerly with The New York Times; Freelance Journalist and Adjunct Fellow at the Manhattan Institute

Keynote: U.S. Egypt Relations and the Role of Media

Frank Wisner, International Affairs Advisor, Patton Boggs LLP; Former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, Zambia, the Philippines, and India

 

2:15 – 2:30 PM: Break

 

2:30 – 5:00 PM Issue #2: Developing Criteria for Media Ethics, Professionalism, & Self-Regulation

Location: The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs 

In this discussion, participants will explore current issues associated with developing a professional cadre of journalists. This will include highlighting existing higher education programs, training centers, ethics boards, and industry oversight bodies for promoting professional behavior and identifying the gaps with what is needed, such as an acceptable code of conduct and mechanisms for self-regulation. The conversation will also cover effective enforcement mechanisms that uphold professionalism without jeopardizing freedom of expression.  After delineating the current issues surrounding ethics and professionalism in Egypt during the roundtable discussion, international practitioners will share their experiences on these issues within their specific cultural and historical contexts. Participants will then work together to determine the goals and principles of a code of conduct, capacity-building needs and potential solutions, and professional oversight bodies in the Egyptian context.

 

Moderator:

Adel Iskandar, Professor of Global Communications, Simon Fraser University

 

Part 1:    Panel - Current Issues in Egypt (2:30 – 3:15 PM)

Panelists:

  • Abdel Monem Said, Chairman of Al-Masry Al-Youm; Chairman of the Board, CEO, and Director of the Regional Center for Strategic Studies in Cairo
  • Khaled Dawoud, Spokesman, Constitution Party; Journalist, Al-Ahram Weekly
  • H.A. Hellyer, Non-resident Fellow at the Brookings Institute; Research Associate at Harvard University

 

Part 2: Panel - International Experiences (3:15 – 4:00 PM)

Panelists:

  • Ayman Mohyeldin, Middle East Foreign Correspondent, NBC News; Former Correspondent for Al Jazeera and CNN
  • Judy Miller, Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter formerly with The New York Times; Freelance Journalist and Adjunct Fellow at the Manhattan Institute
  • Lee Huebner, Professor of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University; Former Publisher and CEO of International Herald Tribune
  • Silvio Waisbord, Professor of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University; Expert in Media in Latin America

 

Break (4:00 – 4:15 PM)

 

Part 3: Roundtable Discussion – Recommendations (4:15 – 5:00 PM)

Lead Discussants:

  • Sarah El Sirgany, Nonresident Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East; Cairo-based Journalist and TV producer contributing to regional and international networks including CNN, the New York Times, Al-Monitor and Mada Masr
  • Tarek Atia, Founder of Egyptian Media Development Program; Founded Cairolive.com and zahma.com; Former Editor at Al-Ahram Weekly

 

5:00 – 5:15 PM: Recap and Closing Remarks

Daniel Kurtzer, Lecturer and S. Daniel Abraham Professor in Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton University; Former Ambassador to Egypt and Israel; Former Deputy Director of the Office of Egyptian Affairs

Mohamed Salmawy, President of the Writers’ Union of Egypt; Former Editor-in-Chief, Al Masry Al Youm; Spokesperson for the Committee of 50 that wrote Egypt’s Constitution

 

7:00 – 9:00 PM: Evening Reception

Location: Embassy of Egypt Ambassador’s Residence

 

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3RD

 

8:30 – 9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast & Coffee

Location: Gallup 

 

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Gallup Presentation: Leading with the Right Metrics

Location: Gallup

Since the 1930's, Gallup has used survey research to help leaders make more informed decisions. In this session, Jon Clifton and Mohamed Younis will share some of Gallup's most important findings from its World Poll on media use, wellbeing and social unrest in the MENA region and beyond. The presentation will also include some of Gallup's new and unreleased data from Egypt in 2014.

Speakers:

  • Jon Clifton, Managing Director, Gallup World Poll 
  • Mohamed Younis, Senior Gallup Analyst for the Middle East and North Africa

Lead Discussants:

  • Magued Osman, CEO and Director of the Egyptian Center for Public Opinion Research (Baseera); Former Minister of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt
  • H.A. Hellyer, Non-resident Fellow at the Brookings Institute; Research Associate at Harvard University; Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute in London

  

10:15 – 10:30 AM: Break

 

10:30 – 1:00 PM: Issue #3: Media Ownership and Influence: Defining Standards of Governance and Transparency for Private and Public Ownership

Location: Gallup

Many countries face questions of how to include private media in the current landscape. Egypt has already crossed this threshold but now must confront how private and state-run media can present a diversity of opinions and independence in reporting and day-to-day operations without sway from business owners or government officials. As new media becomes a major component of the current media environment, citizen journalists challenge the contemporary idea of ownership, presenting additional challenges to effective governance and increasing levels of access to different types of media and the social demographics of consumers. Finally, participants will focus on discussing appropriate governance structures and incentives to encourage professionalism with accompanying accountability measures for public and privately owned media. 

 

Moderator:

Lawrence Pintak, Founding Dean of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University; Chief Executive of Northwest Public Radio and Television; Consultant to U.S. State Department's Center for Journalism Excellence in Karachi

 

Part 1: Panel - Current Issues in Egypt (10:30 – 11:15 AM)

Panelists:

  • Fatemah Farag, Founder and CEO of Welad ElBalad Media Services LTD; Former Chief Editor of Egypt Independent; Former Reporter with Washington Post and Al-Ahram Weekly
  • Salah Diab, Group CEO & Co-Founder, PICO Group; Major Shareholder of Al-Masry Al-Youm
  • Hisham Kassem, Media Entrepreneur and Journalist; Former Publisher of Al-Masry Al-Youm; Founding Member of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights

 

Part 2: Panel - International Experiences (11:15 – 12:00 PM)

Panelists:

  • Jan Schaffer, Executive Director of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism; Entrepreneur-in-Residence at American University’s School of Communication
  • Brian Conniff, President of Middle East Broadcasting Networks; Former Executive Director of Broadcasting Board of Governors 
  • Craig Aaron, President of Free Press

  

Break (12:00 – 12:15 PM)

 

Part 3: Roundtable Discussion - Recommendations (12:15 – 1:00 PM)

Lead Discussants: 

  • Ziad Bahaa El-Din, Attorney-at-Law; Former Deputy Prime Minister of Egypt; Former Minister of International Cooperation of Egypt; Former Chairman of the Egyptian General Authority for Investment and Free Zones
  • Tarek Atia, Founder of Egyptian Media Development Program; Founded Cairolive.com and zahma.com; Former Editor at Al-Ahram Weekly
  • Gamal El Shaer, President of the Egyptian Radio and Television Institute; Contributor to the Egyptian Initiative to Enhance and Develop Egyptian Media; Founder of Nile TV Channel

 

1:00 – 2:15 PM: Plenary Luncheon & Keynote

Location: Gallup 

Introduction:

Hafez El Mirazi, Director of Kamal Adham Center for Television and Digital Journalism at The American University of Cairo; Former host and correspondent on Al Arabiyya TV, BBC, and the Arab Network of America

Keynote: Professional Journalism is Needed Now More than Ever

Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University; Former CNN Bureau Chief and White House Correspondent

 

2:15 – 3:00 PM: Closing Discussion: Reflection and Next Steps

Location: Gallup 

Sahar Aziz, Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law; President of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian American Rule of Law Association

Abdel Monem Said, Chairman of Al-Masry Al-Youm; Chairman of the Board, CEO, and Director of the Regional Center for Strategic Studies in Cairo

Hani Shukrallah, Executive Director of the Heikal Foundation for Arab Journalism; Former Chief Editor of Al-Shorouk; Founder and Former Chief Editor of Ahram Online

Mahmoud Abdallah, Founder of the Egyptian American Dialogue Initiative, Managing Partner of MMA Global Investments LLC, President of MMA Global Advisors

 

 

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