Regional Issues and the Impact of the Media

  • 14:14 - 22 February - 2019

Alghad TV News Channel held the First International Conference on Global Policies and their Impact on Shaping the Future of the Arab Region on 15th November 2015, five years following the so-called Arab Spring.

Among the attendees was former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, global economist Hernando de Soto Polar, Egyptian journalist Adel Hammouda, renowned actress and singer Yosra, businessman Naguib Sawiris, journalist Diaa Rashwan and several elite international political and intellectual figures.

The conference coincided with the official launch of Alghad TV, the first Arabic news channel based in Cairo, offering around-the-clock news services. It is the largest non-governmental media satellite project in Egypt, at a technical and engineering level. The channel broadcasts its news bulletins and programmes from the Egyptian Media Production City to keep up-to-date with the latest global systems.

The conference was the beginning of a series of international conferences organised by the channel to discuss various key issues in the Middle East region. The first session of the conference discussed the effects of sectarian and political conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen in shaping the future of the region. The second session examined the effects of traditional media compared to the role of new and social media in political and societal mobilization.

The event was held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in London. Lebanese media presenter, Giselle Khoury, moderated the first session’s discussions and the speakers included Eric Trager, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and an expert on Egyptian politics; Francis Ricciardoni, director of Rafik Hariri Centre in the Middle East and former US ambassador to Egypt and Turkey; Peter Harling, project director at International Crisis Group; and Shibley Telhami, professor of the Anwar Sadat Centre for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, non-resident researcher at the Brookings Institution and an expert on US policy in the Middle East.

The speakers in the second session included Adel Darwish, commentator, British historian, writer and political editor; Anthony Podesta, political media specialist in the US and founder of the Podesta Group for Communication and Political Promotion; Jihad Al-Khazen, former editor of Al-Hayat newspaper; and Pulitzer Prize-winner Judith Miller of the New York Times.