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Program

The role of (social) media in promoting and sustaining democratic governance

Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 11.30 a.m., Room Annex

Hosted by: Friedrich Naumann Stiftung für die Freiheit

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This year the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom presents a panel of experts from Ukraine, Lebanon, Egypt, India and Myanmar who will discuss the role of (social) media in promoting and sustaining democratic governance. On the one hand they will look at new social media’s part in initiating processes of political change (e.g. Facebook revolution). Another aspect – one that has been largely overlooked in media policy debates to date – is the media’s role in stabilizing processes of political reform and supporting democracy. Right now this debate bears special significance in transition countries in Asia, the Arab region and Eastern Europe. But also in countries considered to be well-established democracies, this continues to be a factor of great importance.

Dr. Ronald Meinardus, who directed projects for the Middle East and North Africa with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Cairo for more than seven years, will moderate the panel discussion.

Panelists:

Abdel-Fattah, Esraa
Blogger and Activist, Egypt

Leshchenko, Sergii
Investigative Journalist, Ukraine

Mhanna, Ayman
Director Samir Kassir Foundation, Lebanon

Pai, Nitin
Head of the Takshashila Institute, India

Win, Khin Maung
Deputy Executive Director, Democratic Voice of Burma, Burma/Myanmar

Moderation:

Meinardus, Dr. Ronald
Regional Director MENA, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Egypt