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7th Arab Media Forum 2008 Programme

Arab Media Forum 2008

“Bridging Arab Media Through Technology”

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 – Day 1 – The Digital Continent

08:30 AM – 09:00 AMRegistration
09:00 AM – 10:15 AM
(Workshops – On Parallel)
How are the Gulf Media responding to the challenges of technology?
Moderator: Abdulla Al Zaabi
Speakers: Ahmad Al Shaikh , Ibrahim Bashmi , Jamal Khashoggi
 Maghreb Journalists Facing New Technology Opportunities
Moderator: Khadija Ben Ganna
Speakers: Abdallah Bakkali, Ashour Tellisi, Issam Hamoud , Muhammed Syedi Ahmed , Rasheed Khashana
 Levant Media and the Talents Drain
Moderator: Najwa Al Qassim
Speakers: Hafez Al Barghouthi , Issam Dari , Khayri Mansour , Jamil Morue
10:15 AM – 10:30 AMBreak
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
(Session A)
Transformations breaking the traditional mould of Arab Media
Moderator: Mohammed Fahad Al Harthi
Speakers: Jihad Al Khazen , Danny Bottoms , Hessah Lootah , Mohammed Jasim Al Saqr
11:45 AM – 12:00 PMBreak
12:00 PM – 12:30 PMFormal inauguration by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai
12:30 PM – 01:30 PMLunch
01:30 PM – 02:30 PM
(Session B)
The Big Picture: Impact of New Technologies on the Media Scene
Moderator: Zaven Kouyoumdjian
Speakers: Abdullatif Al Sayegh , Azzam Al-Dakhil, Alan Knight, Eason Jordan
02:30 PM – 03:45 PM
(Session C)
The New Media: the Interface Between IT Players and Media Players
Moderator: Jasim Al Azzawi
Speakers: Ayman Abdul Nour , Walid Mounamene , Ammar Bakkar
03:45 PM – 04:00 PMBreak
04:00 PM – 04:45 PM
(Session D)
Media on the Edge: Screening of two short documentaries from Iraq and Palestine
Speakers: Dr. Ali Dabagh , Dr. Musthafa Barghouti
04:45 PM – 06:00 PM
(Session E)
Pushing Technology Boundaries: Possibilities and Constraints
Moderator: Laila Al Shaikhli
Speakers: Ali Al Ahmed , Sashi Kumar , Andrew Marshall , Ayman Al Sayad
08:00 PM – 09:00 PMBBC Arabic Reception Dinner ( By Invitation )

Thursday, April 24, 2008 – Day 2 – Arab Mediascape

09:00 AM – 09:45 AMWelcome remarks and formal inauguration
Moderator: Khadeeja Al-Marzooqi
Speakers: Nigel Chapman
09:45 AM – 10:45 AM
(Session F)
Consolidation Driving Arab Broadcasting networks’ Growth
Moderator: Maria Ma’alouf
Speakers: Hosam El Sokkari , Nigel Parsons
10:45 AM – 11:00 AMBreak
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
(Session G)
Challenges and Opportunities Before the Arab Media in the Era of New Technologies
Moderator: Shada Omar
Speakers: M.J.Akbar, Najat Rochdi , Khaldoon Tabaza , Hamad Bin Ibrahim
12:15 PM – 01:15 PM
(Session H)
Arab League Broadcasting Charter
Moderator: Muntaha Al-Ramahi
Speakers: Mahmoud Shamam , Nakhle El-Hage , Salah Aeddine Maaoui
02:45 PM – 04:00 PM
(Session I)
Freedom - the New Battle Front for Arab Cyber Media
Moderator: Hosam El Sokkari
Speakers: Hani Shukrallah , Tahseen Khayat , Anne Nelson
04:00 PM – 05:30 PMBreak
05:30 PM – 06:30 PMArab Journalism Award Ceremony

Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Arab Journalism Awards will honour outstanding media persons who have made meaningful contributions to their profession, thereby elevating the standards of journalism in the Arab World and initiating change in the communities they represent.

Click here to download the agenda.