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Welcome to Media Trends 2015: Power and Media: Ownership, Sponsorship, Censorship
A conference hosted by Webster Vienna Private University 10-12 September, 2015

We have lined up a diverse group of academics, media professionals, IGO and NGO representatives and students to critically analyze:

  • All aspects of overt and covert control of communication
  • Concentration of ownership
  • Advertiser, commercial, financial and political influences
  • Agenda-setting, framing, technological and organizational constraints
  • Media empowerment

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We look forward to seeing you in Vienna!

The Media Trends 2015 Organizing Committee

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Saturday, September 12 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Media Landscapes in the Arab World

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Trionfi: International Press Institute, Vienna
On the importance of freedom of expression and information in Arab countries and communities: More than four years after the Arab Spring the press freedom situation in most countries in the Arab world is, according to many observers, even worse than before the 2011 upheaval. Today, journalists in most Arab countries are faced not only with restrictive laws, but also with torture, murder, attacks, deliberate targeting, kidnapping and detention, security and investigative summons by authorities, confiscation, and barring of information. What are the reasons for this failure to bring about greater press freedom? What are the challenges that journalists face today in covering Arab countries? This speech will focus on the situation in Tunisia, Morocco and Jordan, and look at trends, commonalities and differences.

Abou Zeid: Ain Shams University, Egypt
Egyptian television challenges in the 21st century: Egyptian television is facing many challenges in the 21st century, mainly because Egypt has witnessed two revolutions - 25 January, 2011 and 30 June, 2013.  This has lead to a dramatic change in political life in Egypt, and Egyptians are waiting for and expecting a dramatic change in media. This research studied the challenges that face Egyptian public television in the 21st century, outlining the relationship between media and the different powers influencing Egyptian television from the points of view of the cultural and political elites. The researcher conducted a survey of 50 members of Egyptian cultural and political elites including university professors, authors, journalists, politicians, activists, actors, actresses, singers, athletes, bankers and television presenters to ask how Egyptian media should be organized for democracy to exist.

Cheterian: Webster University Geneva, Switzerland
Digital technologies are generating massive amounts of information, but are we better informed?
 New technologies of communication are providing huge volumes of video, audio and text material in a very fast-growing and now nearly instantaneous manner. This rapid technological development is providing global audiences with new kinds of direct visibility on events that are taking place far away. New technologies permit users to upload millions of photos, video footage and text messages on various on-line platforms. We are better informed. But do we know more?

Teyeb: Maghreb Media Forum, Tunisia
From serving dictatorship to serving agendas: Different faces of the Tunisian media: Mainstream media, new media and social networks played a major role in all that has happened in Tunisia since early 2011. They contributed to the ousting of the former Tunisian police-state regime. Nevertheless, they also played a decisive role in defending and preserving corrupt and criminal mechanisms of the old regime. And they deeply influenced the events that led to the difficulties encountered by the nascent democracy in the country and, eventually, the return of the old regime’s symbols and policies.  We can make conclusions as to the extent of the influence this behavior of the Tunisian media had on the political, social, economic, and security developments in the country between 2011 and 2015.

Moderator: Shadia Nasralla


Vicken Cheterian

Adjunct Professor, Webster University Geneva
Dr. Vicken Cheterian lectures at Webster Geneva Media Communications department. He holds a PhD from the University of Geneva, and has worked as correspondent for a number of publications, incl. Le Monde Diplomatique, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Al-Hayat and others. He is the founder... Read More →
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Mourad Teyeb

President, Maghreb Media Forum
Mourad Teyeb is a Tunisian journalist and media researcher. He has been working in the print, online and broadcast industries for 15 years, and has covered issues ranging from politics, transition and conflicts to business, sports and arts, in English, French and Arabic. Since the... Read More →
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Barbara Trionfi

Executive Director, International Press Institute (IPI)
I am Executive Director at the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists dedicated to safeguarding and fostering media freedom and promoting quality, independent journalism. | I joined IPI in 2000, as a... Read More →

Dina Farouk Abou Zeid

Associate Professor, Ain Shams University
Dr. Dina Farouk Abou Zeid is an Egyptian Associate Professor in Mass Communication Department, Faculty of Arts, Ain Shams University in Egypt. She received her BA (96) and MA (2001) both from Mass Communication Department at the American University in Cairo. She received her PhD (2007... Read More →

Saturday September 12, 2015 9:30am - 10:45am

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