Past event

Research Event

The Media and the Middle East

Chatham House, London

Middle East and North Africa Programme

Event documents

Meeting Summary: Media and the Middle East
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Mouafac Harb, Director of News, Alhurra
Dr Percy Kemp, Tactical Studies
Professor Greg Philo, Glasgow University
Chair: Jeremy Bowen, BBC


Chatham House and Associated Press Television News are hosting a debate to launch a Middle East Forum.

The speakers will discuss the relationship between the Western and regional media and the Middle East. Issues to be examined include:

  • The impact of the new Arab media including Al-Jazeera;
  • The problems and pressures faced by the Western media in covering the Middle East;
  • The effect of media coverage of the Middle East on public perceptions in the region and in the West;
  • The relationship between media coverage of the Middle East and government policy;
  • and the interaction between truth, power and the media.