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Contact: Josh Tabish, Lead Coordinator, Media Democracy Day 2012 mddcoordinator@gmail.com 778.782.7353 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12th Annual Media Democracy Days Announces Free Events in Vancouver November 2-3 Vancouver, B.C. – September 26, 2012. The 12th annual MEDIA DEMOCRACY DAYS VANCOUVER (MDD) will host two full days of free public events, including a film screening, public talks, hands-on workshops and panel discussions on the state of Canada’s media system. Taking place Friday and Saturday, November 2-3, MDD 2012 will build on the success of last year’s event, which drew over 3,000 attendees to downtown Vancouver. MDD kicks off Friday with a free screening of the feature length documentary Words of Witness at SFU Woodward’s Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema at 6PM. The screening will begin with a talk from noted activist and UBC Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Sunera Thobani. Words of Witness follows 22-year-old Egyptian journalist Heba Afify as she covers the Arab Spring from inside Tahrir Square. The documentary frames the political turmoil of a nation seeking freedom and democracy through Heba’s coming of age story as a young journalist in the Middle East. Register to attend at http://mdd2012filmscreening.eventbrite.com. In addition, Friday’s programming will feature hand-on workshops hosted by The Cinematheque, Coop Radio (CFRO) and rabble.ca from noon to 5:30PM at the Vancouver Public Library, Central Library (VPL). For more info, head to http://mdd2012workshops.eventbrite.com. Following the workshops and screening, the VPL will host a dynamic a series of panel discussions and public talks beginning Saturday at noon. Highlights include a plenary session with renowned activist and artist Ricardo Dominguez, who has received considerable attention for his recent project the ‘Transborder Immigrant Tool’ – a GPS-based cell phone tool designed to help immigrants cross the US/Mexico border. Saturday’s events will also host six panels and over 25 activists, academics, and community leaders talking on issues including environmental communication, electronic surveillance, and ethnic media. Consult www.mediademocracyday.org for a full list of events. All events are open and free to the public. MDD 2012 is a partnership of SFU’s School of Communication, OpenMedia.ca, and The Vancouver Public Library, and is sponsored in part by Vancity.

About Media Democracy Days Launched in 2001, MDD western Canada’s signature event for the growing global media democratization movement. This movement seeks to create a more participatory media system by supporting independent and public service media production, celebrating innovation and creating dialogue around the politics and biases linked to our increasingly corporate and concentrated media. This year, MDD events will be taking place over two-days at SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts and the Vancouver Public Library – Central Library. To learn more, visit http://www.mediademocracyday.org. About the School of Communication at SFU For nearly 40 years, the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University has fostered the development of critical, interdisciplinary approaches to the study of media and technology with a commitment to social theory and political economy. Led by an award-winning team of educators, the School of Communication is at the leading edge of media policy research, technological innovation and cultural transformation on a global scale. For more information, visit http://cmns.sfu.ca. About OpenMedia.ca OpenMedia.ca is a grassroots organization that safeguards the possibilities of the open and affordable Internet. The group works towards informed and participatory digital policy. For more information, visit http://openmedia.ca. About Vancouver Public Library Founded in 1887, Vancouver Public Library is one of Canada's largest library systems dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading, recreation and information needs of the people of Vancouver. Each year, the Library’s 22 branches serve over six million visitors and offer over 2.5 million items, including books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and countless online resources. For more information, visit http://www.vpl.vancouver.bc.ca/. -30Media Contacts: Kathleen Cross, PhD. Chair, The Media Democracy Project 778-782-3861 kcross@sfu.ca Stuart Poyntz, PhD. Steering Committee, The Media Democracy Project 778-782-7293 spoyntz@sfu.ca Josh Tabish Lead Coordinator, Media Democracy Days 2012 778.782.7353

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