On the media: what does the future hold for Arab state media?

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Videos that were circulated after the fall of President Hosni
Mubarak showing state TV bosses being chased out of their offices
and journalist strikes appeared to herald a new era in Egypt. In
Libya hackers have attacked the state broacaster's website and
scenes of people throwing their shoes at the screen in a mark of
disrespect are reported to have taken place in Libya as they did in
Egypt and other countries where the media is regarded as an
instrument of government. The state-controlled TV channels radio
newspapers and magazines were re-casting themselves as champions of
radical change while just days before the protestors in Tahrir
Square had been ignored or denounced. But can a leopard change its
spots? Already there has been criticism of Egyptian broadcasters
and newspapers for stirring up xenophobia and for remaining hostile
to the pro-democracy movements. What is required in order that a
genuine revolution takes place in the media - not only in Egypt but
in other countries where autocrats have used it to bolster their
power? What happens in countries such as Iran where control of the
media remains absolute? Join us at the Frontline Club when we will
be discussing what the future holds for state media the impact of
channels such as Al Jazeera and BBC Arabic and the ways that people
are using the internet and other social media to circumvent that
power. The discussion will be chaired by author and broadcaster Tom
Fenton. With: Faisal J. Abbas London-based journalist blogger and
social commentator. He writes regularly for Huffington Post on
Middle Eastern affairs and has worked with several leading Arab
media outlets such as Asharq Al Awsat where he established and
edited the paper���s weekly ���Media Supplement��� Al Hayat and
Future Television of Lebanon; Dina Matar senior lecturer in Arab
Media and Political Communication at SOAS; Hugh Miles award-winning
investigative journalist specialising in the Middle East and North


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