Practicioners Focus on Media Law in the Middle East

Internews’ Global Human Rights Program and the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, brought together Egyptian, Jordanian, and Tunisian media professionals and legal experts to discuss the future of media institutions and the current state of media law and policy and regulatory frameworks in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Participants in the media law meeting
Peter Molnar (center), former member of the Hungarian Parliament, one of the drafters of the 1996 Hungarian media law and a legislative advisor for the parliament and the government of the Republic of Hungary, explains the steps Hungary took to transform its State Broadcaster to a public broadcaster. (credit: Internews)

(July 5, 2011) Internews’ Global Human Rights Program and the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, brought together Egyptian, Jordanian, and Tunisian media professionals and legal experts to the Center for Media and Communication Studies, Central European University, in Budapest, Hungary to discuss the future of media institutions and the current state of media law and policy and regulatory frameworks in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The three-day meeting brought together key stakeholders from the academic, law and policy and civil society communities with regional and international experts. The meeting will be followed-up by in-depth consultations in Tunisia and Egypt in September 2011. See the meeting in pictures.

Internews’ work with media law and policy in the in the MENA region is part of the Global Human Rights Program, which is supported by USAID through the RIGHTS Consortium. The consortium partners are Freedom House, Global Rights, The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, and Internews.

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