DCMF meets with media officials at IPI congress

DCMF meets with media officials at IPI congress

DCMF officials met with representatives of media organisations to discuss cooperation to defend media freedom and promote quality journalism
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Acting director general of DCMF, Nasser AL-Obaidan meeting chairman of IPI's executive board, John Yearwood

A delegation from Doha Centre for Media Freedom (DCMF) led by acting director general Abdulrahman Nasser Al-Obaidan met with Syrian journalist Sulaiman Tadmari and a group of journalists and students from the Syrian Media Division while attending the IPI World Congress in Hamburg.

During the meeting, they discussed ways of cooperation on issues of mutual concern, and the possibility of working together on capacity building for journalists.

The meeting contributed to clarifying the reality of the media situation of journalists and students of Syrian media refugees in Germany.




It also provided an opportunity for Tadmari to learn about DCMF’s work and its programmes aimed at promoting media freedom.

The journalist expressed his thanks for the work the centre carries out and emphasised the need to support Syrian journalists who wish to tell the story of the situation in their country.

He noted that Syrian refugee journalists are keen to transmit information to others in their situation and share the reality of living inside Syria and as asylum seekers.

He called on journalists to learn about the experiences of others, and develop relationships with other journalists from around the world.  He also stressed the importance of journalists acquiring the necessary professional and technical expertise, as well as necessary tools to cover wars.

DCMF also met with media students from the Hamburg Media Foundation, who spoke about their experience in the training institution, which operates under the supervision of the University of Hamburg and offers free training programmes in the field of digital media and press photography for refugees from different countries. 

The "Refugee Magazine" initiative, an electronic magazine initiated by Syrian students, was created in German in order to familiarise the German society with the customs and culture of Arab societies, and specifically the Syrian society, correcting the prevailing stereotype of Arab societies.

All parties agreed to keep channels open to developing the best ways to support Syrian refugee journalists.


Meeting with the "Community Media Network"

During the first day of the conference,DCMF held a meeting with  Director General of the Arab Media Network, Daoud Kuttab. 

He presented a brief about the network's work, which aims to establish and manage media and cultural projects in Jordan and the rest of the Arab world.

The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss ways of collaborating with the Community Media Network, which includes several projects (such as the Women's Empowerment Project,and other media development projects).


The delegation also met with Barbara Trionfi, Executive Director of IPI, presenting the work and activities of the Institute, which aims to promote and protect press freedom and freedom of expression.

The meeting presented an opportunity to discuss cooperation in the fields of capacity building, journalist safety and research.

Trionfi praised the centre’s work and welcomed the chance to strengthen the partnership between the two media organisations.




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