Risking democracy and freedom of expression, that was yesterday. Enforcing law and order is the priority of many rulers in the region today. Fear of Islamic extremism is used to justify limiting rights such as freedom of speech, and media professionals have been hit especially hard. Refusing to toe the government line is dangerous, and any critique of abuses is unwelcome. Yet there is still room to maneuver. DW Akademie wants to take advantage of this with long-term projects that bring about structural change.
In Egypt, we are focusing on supporting women in and through the media since without equality social development will stagnate. The media can help level the playing field. In the Palestinian Territories, we are supporting media activities in schools with the aim of encouraging young people to learn about issues and openly express their opinions. To this end, we are training teachers across the region as well as young community journalists in East Jerusalem. In Tunisia, our target group is people far from the city of Tunis. We support local and community radio stations as well as NGOs working in provinces affected by crisis.