EU-UN Syria summit side-event

EU-UN Syria summit side-event by Free Press Unlimited


In the framework of the VI Brussels Conference on “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” on 9-10 May 2022, Free Press Unlimited organises an online panel discussion focused on the role of independent media in peacebuilding in Syria.

Click below for the invitation in Arabic:

Eleven years of the Syrian crisis left Syrians worn out, divided, censored and scattered inside and outside the country. Amid this crisis, Syrian independent media has remained a significant driver of change; bringing reliable information, free expression and accountability to Syria. Free Press Unlimited has mobilised support and partnership to help ensure that independent and/or public service-oriented media become professional and resilient. 

In this panel discussion, Syrian independent media, CSOs and EU representatives will talk through the importance of independent media and the role of media in peacebuilding, the political process and the need of having independent media to build cohesion.

In this online discussion, the speakers will share their specific lessons learned in their work and role and what it takes to maintain balance and to have impact while relating their perspectives on current events. They will also focus on the potential for independent media to shape the future of Syrian society by building cohesion across all geographies, providing access to independent and credible information, enabling public debate and combating hate speech, fake news, and misinformation. 

The panel will include:

  • Zedoun Alzoubi, who is a dialogue facilitator and will moderate the discussion.
  • Daniel Aristi Gaztelumendi, Head of Division for the Middle East and North Africa Directorate at The European External Action Service (EEAS). Previously he has worked for the UN and for his national administration (Spain). He has worked for the European Commission and the Council General Secretariat, and has been posted abroad on several occasions, notably in Bosnia, Lesotho, Botswana and Switzerland.
  • Jawad Sharbaji, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief at Enab Baladi Newspaper and Website. He also co-founded and launched the "Ethical Charter for Syrian Media" in 2015. Jawad currently resides in Istanbul and runs the "Practice" programme to train young male and female journalists.
  • Sherin Ibrahim, Radio Manager at Arta for Media and Development. Sherin has been working in journalism for the last nine years and her experience covers reporting, presenting, producing and editing. Previously She was the director of programmes for Women’s Radio Jin (Currently Zain).
  • Ghossoun Abo Al-Dahab, Editor-in-Chief at Syria Press. She is also the president of the Board of Directors of the Ethical Charter for Syrian Media, in addition to being a member of the International Press Federation.
  • Suhaib Anjarini, Independent Journalist and Researcher. He worked as a correspondent in Syria for Al-Safir and Al-Akhbar newspapers. He also supervised the "People of the Levant" supplement in Al-Akhbar newspaper.
  • Amera Malek, Founder and Founder and General Director at MAUJ‎ Foundation. Amera is an active supporter for equality, peace, and women's rights. She has been a Project Field Assistant and Gender Focal Point at Oxfam in Syria. She was a speaker at TedxSibkyParkwomen 2021 event held in Damascus by UNFPA Syria. She was one of the participants of the Leaders For Democracy Fellowship Program, at the American University of Beirut.

The event will be hosted on Zoom. 

The event will be held in English and Arabic. Interpretation in both languages will be provided.  

For registration, click below.


Disclaimer: Views, thoughts, and opinions expressed during the side events reflect solely those of the speakers/organisers and do not constitute endorsement by the EU or the UN.

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