Supreme Council of Culture

Rebuilding Egyptian Media for a Democratic Future
held at the Council Hall of the Supreme Council of Culture, Cairo Opera House Cultural Complex 30-31 March, 2011 With Appendices
Appendix 3: Conference Programme


Rebuilding Egyptian Media for a Democratic Future
9:30-10.00 Registration and Coffee


Opening Address and Welcome • Hossam Nassar, Adviser to the Minister of Culture and First Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Cultural Relations Basyouni Hamada, Conference Co-Chair Naomi Sakr, Conference Co-Chair

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Panel 1 - Lessons of Previous Democratisations Chair: Mona El-Hadeedy, Cairo University, Egypt Panelists: Boyko Boev, Article 19, UK Promoting media freedom at times of profound transformations: ARTICLE 19 in the Balkans Jane Duncan, Rhodes University, South Africa Media Democratisation: The South African Experience Andrew Mills, Northwestern University, Qatar Lessons learned from journalism training in countries of the former Soviet Union in the 1990s Florian Weigand, Deutsche Welle (DK-Akademie), Germany Media Self-Regulation as Part of Democratisation Processes in Transition Countries Monir Zaarour, International Federation of Journalists, Brussels The Role of Journalists in the Democratisation of Media Coffee break Panel 2 - Enabling environment for free, independent, pluralistic, decentralized and responsible media Chair: Mohamed Abd El-Hamaid, Helwan University, Egypt

12:00-12:30 12:30-14:15


Rasha Allam, AUC, Egypt Restructuring Egyptian Broadcasting Ali Belail, Orbit Productions Egypt Credible Audience Measurement: An Essential Step towards a more developed, diverse and democratic television in Egypt Marius Lukosiunas, UNESCO, Egypt UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators Framework Sawsan Zaidah, Radio Al-Balad, Jordan The Role of Community Media and Social Media in Promoting Reform Steve Buckley, Community Media Solutions, UK Promoting Plural and Independent Broadcasting Ayman Salama, Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs, Egypt The Role of Media in Disclosure of Human Rights Violations in Former Authoritarian Regimes Break for lunch Panel 3 - Transformation of state-owned media into democratic media Chair: tbc <><><>

14:15-15:15 15:15-17:00

Rasha Abdullah, AUC, Egypt Precedents for Public Service Broadcasting in Egypt: Findings from a Panos Research Project Ramy Aly, University of Sussex, UK Mediating the Nation: From State to Public Service Broadcasting – Critically Engaging Egypt as a Complex Society Simon Derry, BBC World Service Trust, UK, and European Broadcasting Union, Geneva Building Public Value: The Importance of Public Service Broadcasting for National Cohesiveness and Debate Savyasaachi Jain, University of Westminster, UK Fulfilling the Mandate: Guiding the Transition from State Broadcaster to Public Service Broadcaster Elizabeth Smith O.B.E, Commonwealth Media Group A Plan and a Timetable for Transforming State-Owned Media into Democratic Institutions Solaiman Salh, Cairo University, Egypt How to Construct a New Egyptian Communication Order 3




Panel 4- Political, social, economic and cultural requirements for democratic media Chair: Saed El-Sayed, Cairo University, Egypt • Mervat Abu Oaf, AUC, Egypt Media Law and Implications of Egypt’s Constitution for Free Press Mihai Coman, University of Bucharest, Romania When Saying means not doing: Journalists fight for imposing their Power on Media and Politics Aliaa Dawoud, AUC, Egypt Media Treatment of Women’s Political Rights in post-Mubarak’s Egypt Verica Rupar, Cardiff University, and Milica Pesic, Media Diversity Institute, UK The Importance of Journalism Training and Education for Democratic Media Saber Hares, Sohaj University, Egypt Egyptian Press after January 25th Revolution: Alternative Visions Day One Closing Remarks


9:30-10:00 10:00-11:45 Arrival Session 1 - Egyptian Media and the Democratic Process Chair: Hamdy Hassan, Misr International University • Awatef Abdel-Rahman, Cairo University, Egypt Civil Society and Media democratization in Egypt Naomi Sakr, University of Westminster, UK Democratisation of Egypt’s State-Owned Media Steven Barnett, University of Westminster, UK Broadcasting in the Public Interest: From State Control to Public Service 4


Coffee break


Session 2 - Establishing and Sustaining Public Service Media Chair: Ali Agwa, Cairo University, Egypt

Basyouni Hamada, Cairo University, Egypt Political and Legal Structures for Democratisation of Egyptian Media Walid F. Barakat, Ibtesam Al –Gendy, Cairo University, Egypt Amany A. Fahmy, Khaled Salah, Cairo University, Egypt Rebuilding the Broadcasting System in Egypt after January 25th Revolution

Mahmoud Khalil, Hesham Atteya, Hany M. Ali, & Mehrez Ghaly, Cairo University , Egypt Towards an Alternative View of Egyptian Press Ownership


Break for Lunch


Panel 3 - Regulating Media and Telecoms for Citizen Empowerment Chair: Steve Buckley, Community Solutions, UK • Maria Michalis, University of Westminster, UK The Public Interest in Telecommunications and the Internet Hussein Amin, AUC, Egypt An overview of Principles Governing the Establishment of A Broadcast Regulator in Egypt Tea Plenary Debate Conference Recommendations: Considerations for Egypt’s Future Communications Policy Co- Chair: Basyouni Hamada Co- Chair: Naomi Sakr

16:30-17:00 17:00-18:00




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