National Press Club

NPC Panel: Repression of Expression in the Mideast

February 14, 2012

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Run time: 86 minutes

The National Press Club's Press Freedom Committee hosted a panel on Feb 14, 2012 to examine the latest Mideast trends on repression of expression.

The panel was moderated by Frank Smyth, executive director of Global Journalist Security ( and senior advisor for journalist security at the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Panelists included:

- Nada Alwadi, a Bahraini journalist
- Abderrahim Foukara, Al Jazeera's Washington bureau chief
- Jeff Ghannam, a lawyer, writer and former reporter who has contributed widely to the debate on social media and media development in the Arab region
- Clare Morgana Gillis, a U.S.-based freelancer with Mideast experience who was jailed in Libya last year

Co-sponsors of the event included: Freedom House, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the National Endowment for Democracy's Center for International Media Assistance.