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Panel Discussion: Media Coverage of the Cartoon Controversy

Tue, March 14, 2006 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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The Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association (AMEJA)

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Media Coverage of the Cartoon Controversy A Panel Discussion @ Alwan For The Arts

Tuesday, March 14, 2006, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

In the midst of the ongoing Cartoon Controversy, it is important for journalists to consider the theoretical and practical issues relevant to their work concerning censorship, shifting taboos, and limits, if any, on free speech. Our distinguished panel of speakers will explore these issues from different perspectives and will offer their analyses of the media's role in covering sensitive topics as well as the controversies that develop from this coverage.

Romesh Ratnesar Assistant Managing Editor, Time Magazine

Mona Eltahawy Journalist & Commentator, Asharq al-Awsat

Faisal Devji Professor of History, The New School University

Moderated by Walid el-Gabry, AMEJA President

The Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association (“AMEJA”) is an organization for media professionals of Arab and Middle Eastern descent who work in the U.S. or at U.S. news organizations abroad. www.ameja.org

About the Panelists

Romesh Ratnesar is an Assistant Managing Editor for TIME, overseeing the magazine's World section. Since joining TIME in 1997 he has written more than 20 cover stories for the U.S. and international editions, on topics that include the war in Iraq, global terrorism, the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Mona Eltahawy is a New York-based journalist and commentator. Her essays which focus on Arab and Muslim issues make her one of only a few writers whose work appears regularly in both the Arab and U.S. media. Mona wrote about the cartoon controversy for Asharq al-Awsat, the Egyptian al-Dostour weekly newspaper, Lebanon's The Daily Star, the International Herald Tribune and the popular Muslim website MuslimWakeUp. She was interviewed about the issue on NPR's Talk of the Nation, BBC World Service radio as well as two Danish TV news shows.

Faisal Devji is an assistant professor of Historical Studies at New School University. He has held faculty positions at Yale University and the University of Chicago, from where he also received his PhD in intellectual history. Devji was Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University, and Head of Graduate Studies at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, where he directed post-graduate courses in the Near East and Central Asia. He is interested in the political thought of modern Islam as well as in the transformation of liberal categories and democratic practice in South Asia. His broader concerns are with ethics and violence in a globalized world. Devji's book Landscapes of the Jihad: Militancy, Morality, Modernity was recently published. An article Professor Devji wrote on the modern nature of Muslim protest against the Danish cartoon appeared in the February 12 edition of The Financial Times.

Walid el Gabry is an Anglo-Egyptian journalist with almost two decades of experience in Europe and the US. He recently joined Dow Jones Newswires to manage a team of editors after more than eight years with the Financial Times, where latterly he was responsible for corporate coverage from the Americas. Walid's newspaper career began in Istanbul in the late 1980s working for Turkish publisher Sabah. He then worked for Canadian publisher Thomson Corp at various UK titles, becoming industry editor of a major Scottish daily newspaper.

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