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Olive Tree Middle East Forum - The Middle East: a story too dangerous to cover?




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Speakers: Professor Suzanne Franks, Lyse Doucet, Rageh Omaar, Andrew Roy, Kim Sengupta, Hannah Storm

Series: Inside Out Festival

Room A130

nullJournalists prepared to report on violent conflict always faced the possibility of personal injury or death in the crossfire. Kidnapping and hostage-taking are also facets of war that have long posed risks for journalists as well as combatants. Yet reporters still made it in and out of warzones and provided coverage that could be set against the claims of the protagonists.

In today's Middle East however, the dangers facing journalists are sufficient to deter all but the most intrepid or foolhardy from reporting on the frontline. And the idea that they are simply messengers is no protection, as the Al Jazeera team jailed in Egypt discovered and the beheading of journalists by the Islamic State demonstrates. We'll be looking at the challenges for journalism - and the consequent implications for diplomats and decision-makers.

On the panel to discuss the dangers of reporting from today's Middle East and the implications for news gathering and decision-making, we shall bring together a panel of leading journalists, anticipated to include:

Lyse Doucet, the BBC's chief international correspondent;

Rageh Omaar, ITV's International Affairs Editor

Andrew Roy, Foreign Editor, BBC News

Kim Sengupta, Defence Correspondent, The Independent

Hannah Storm, Director of the International News Safety Institute (INSI)


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When & where

6.30pm - 8.00pmTuesday 21st October 2014

College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB UK

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