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Friday, June 14 • 10:30am - 11:45am
How Can We Help Quality Journalism in the MENA Region Be Viable?

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Horizons for political change in MENA region bring opportunities to media especially that emerging independent digital media platforms go along with freedom quests. There have been some attempts of establishing new quality journalism platforms but they are struggling with sustainability. Traditional Media are captured and not able to exercise their main function to inform people. Digital media face other forms of capture. “Digital Media Viability Lab” was launched to provide opportunities for media startups to produce quality journalism while finding solutions to sustain. The session will present global indicators for media viability that were mentioned in a paper issued recently by DWA to assess media viability. A closer look will focus on MENA region where Maharat will introduce its Digital Media Viability Lab aiming at supporting independent digital media platforms in the region. Maharat will present a mapping of media startups in 3 countries, Lebanon, Jordan and Morocco laying challenges faced in terms of legal frameworks, supportive ecosystem and recommendations. Moreover, Maharat will focus on solutions for the region and will host one media startup from the region to talk about challenges of sustainability and ways to go forward, as well as one of the media managers trained within DMVLab.

avatar for Layal Bahnam

Layal Bahnam

Program Manager, Maharat Foundation
I work in an NGO specialized in freedom of expression and media development in the MENA region. Maharat has been exploring ways to innovate through technology to advance media, free flow of information and human rights in the region.


Hanane Boujemi

Executive Director, Tech Policy Tank
Hanane Boujemi is the executive director of Tech Policy Tank providing market intelligence, policy analysis, strategy design and bespoke advice on tech product deployment and tech services. Mrs. Boujemi is Internet policy expert with 15 years’ experience in the economic and legal... Read More →

Roula Mikhael

Executive Director, Maharat Foundation
Roula is the Executive Director of Maharat Foundation, which operates Maharat News, an independent, online, multimedia platform whose model of in-depth journalism on key issues of government accountability amplifies policy news. Its mission is to defend, catalyse, and advance democratic... Read More →
avatar for Martin Vogl

Martin Vogl

Project Manager, DW Akademie
I work on media viability issues for the Middle East and North Africa department of DW Akademie.

Friday June 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am BST
Celtic (Palais)