Panel 3a The Media and the Arab Uprisings

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Chair: Roger Hardy, LSE

Panellist 1: Lindsey Hilsum, Channel 4

Panellist 2: Christopher Dickey, Newsweek

Panellist 3: Zaki Chehab, Editor-in-Chief, ArabsToday.net

The panellists, all experienced journalists who cover the Middle East, will take a critical look at how the media have covered the Arab uprisings over the past year. What have Western and Arab journalists got right — and where have they fallen short? Have they overestimated the role of the social media? Have they misunderstood the role of Islam and Islamism? Above all, have they helped or hindered us in gaining a better understanding of the wave of protest that has swept the region?

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