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The Role of Media on Shaping Perceptions

October 2012
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In Focus

Highlights of the Media Dialogue meeting in Palermo
Anna Lindh Foundation

On 17-18 July 2012 the Anna Lindh Foundation in partnership with the Ethnobarometer and leading media networks and bodies working across the Mediterranean region organized a Euro-Mediterranean Media Dialogue Workshop, entitled: “Will The Arab Spring Change...

Media is vital in shaping view of Arab world
Paul Gillespie, Irish Times

THE ARAB uprisings since January last year have changed those countries in many ways, making all due allowance for the diversity and complexity of experience among and between them...

‘Arab Spring may change Western media’s view of Middle East’
Rand Dalgamouni, The Jordan Times

The way Western news media deal with the Arab world may change in the aftermath of the Arab Spring if countries in the region are able to make successful transitions into democracy, according to an Arab-American journalist...

The New Social Media and the Arab Spring
Dr. Natana J. DeLong-Bas, Oxford Islamic Studies

Since January 2011, the eyes of the world have turned to the Arab Spring. Launched by the image of the self-immolation of the Tunisian vegetable vendor Mohamed Bouazizi as an outcry against the humiliation of citizens at the hands of authoritarian states and...

How the Arab Revolution Is Changing the World
Sebastian Sons, Qantara

In his book about the Arab Spring, the well-known Middle East expert and journalist Michael Lüders criticises the West's one-dimensional view of the historic events that have shaken the Arab world over the past year. Sebastian Sons read the book...

A new narrative of empathy for the West and the Arab world?
Rahim Kanani, Common Ground News Service

As people in the West continue to read about, listen to and watch the stories of ordinary citizens in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Syria and Yemen, they are realising more and more that human desires, needs and wants – of people in North America, North Africa and the Middle East – are one and the same...

The fallacy of the phrase, 'the Muslim world'
Sarah Kendzior, Al Jazeera

On September 12, the day after the attacks on the US diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya, the New York Times set out to explain what it called the "anguished relationship between the United States and the Muslim world". According to the Times, the "Muslim... 

The press and the Arab spring: Six reasons for failure
Chris Doyle, Caabu.org (Arab-British relations)

Most people in the West, analysts and experts included, were stunned and amazed at the revolts which spread across the Arab World that started in Tunisia in January. At least, they were surprised at the speed, the scale and the breadth of the popular...

EuroMed Media Review

Call for Participation - ALF Forum Preparatory Meeting on Women
Anna Lindh Foundation

The Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) will hold thesecond Preparatory Meeting of the Anna Lindh Forum 2013 focused on the role of women and their perspectivein the framework of the 4D ALF strategy: Dialogue, Democracy, Development and Diversity…

Regional response essential to meet challenges raised by Arab Spring, Barroso tells 5+5 Summit in Malta
ENPI Info center

The European Union is responding to key challenges highlighted by the upheavals of the Arab Spring, the need for deep democratisation and the need to stimulate growth and job creation to open up opportunities for young people across the Maghreb, European... 

Farah El Bahr Festival Reviving the Cosmopolitan Heritage of Alexandria
Anna Lindh Foundation

The fourth edition of Farah El Bahr Festival initiated by the Anna Lindh Foundation in Alexandria, was a real success gathering together more than 8000 people in the legendary Qait Bay Citadel and other locations...

Fathallah Sijilmassi: the Union for the Mediterranean in a new regional context

Ambassador Sijilmassi presented the audience with a fact and a question: the political problems related to the Middle-East question that blocked the way of the Barcelona Process (BP) are still there; so, what do we do --nothing?...

Egypt: European Union Hails the Country for Buttressing NGOs Role
All Africa

The head of the European Union delegation to Egypt James Moran praised Egypt's steps to enhance the role of NGOs and collaboration with EU countries. The EU participates in more than 60 projects with NGOs while propping up activities by Anna...

Malta Hosts First Europe-Arab Summit in a Decade
Associated Press

Terrorism, lawlessness, immigration and the European debt crisis were all discussed Friday at the first Mediterranean summit since the Arab Spring uprisings...

18th October 2012 -- Mediterranean Journalist Award goes to...?

On 18 October 2012 the Euro-Mediterranean Journalist Award of the Anna Lindh Foundation will be awarded for the first time in Berlin. Chaired by the French phliosopher Edgar Morin the international Jury will have the hard task to choose 5 winners out of the 403...

New Academic Cooperation established by the Anna Lindh Foundation
Anna Lindh Foundation

On the 1st of October 2012 the Anna Lindh Foundation, the “la Caixa” Foundation, Sabanci University and Institut de Barcelona d'EstudisInternacionals (IBEI) signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the establishment of an Anna Lindh Foundation –“la Caixa” Chair...

IndignaCtion Forum ends with a call for dialogue and unity
Anna Lindh Foundation

The IndignaCtion Forum, organised by the Centre Culturel Abbaye de Neumünster, Head of Anna Lindh Network in Luxembourg, and supported by the Anna Lindh Foundation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Luxembourg, gathered around 70 young protagonists of the Arab Spring and...


Social Media in the Arab World: Influencing Societal and Cultural Change?
Arab Social Media Report, Dubai School of Government

The passionate debate on the impact of social media in the Arab world has continued throughout 2011 and 2012. However, it has largely moved beyond the classical polarized perception of the rigid paradigms of technologically deterministic’ views...

Annual Report of the Arab House Society
University of Aberdeen

At the time of the founding of the Arab House, celebration of Arabic culture was often at odds with the voice of the western media that too often stereotyped Arabs and Muslims as a risk to western society, untrustworthy and culturally primitive. This...

Euro-Mediterranean relations and the Arab Spring
EU Centre in Singapore

This background paper begins with a reflection on EuroMediterranean relations from the 1970s to the launch of the Union for the Mediterranean initiative in 2008. Many analysts believe that the recent events in the Middle East / North Africa... 

Arab Spring Media Monitor: one year of coverage
Rachel Chan, US Center on Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School

Since December 2010, the symbolism of Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation has been oft-cited as the signal of the start of turbulence, revolution, and a new Middle East. Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor, received a posthumous Sakharov Prize for Freedom...

Back to the Future: The Jerusalem Exhibit at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair
Milette Shamir, Journal of Levantine Studies

The famous St. Louis World's Fair of 1904 was a vast celebration of the new century and its promise of a future governed by technological and scientific progress. It is not often remembered that in the heart of this paean to modernity stood....