Al Jazeera is a state-funded broadcaster in Doha, Qatar, owned by the Al Jazeera Media Network. Initially launched as an Arabic news and current-affairs satellite TV channel, Al Jazeera has since expanded into a network with several outlets, including the Internet and specialty television channels in multiple languages.
Al Jazeera interviews Mohamed Elmasry – Chair of Journalism Programme at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Pierluigi Paganini – Founder of the Security Affairs blog and member of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security and the EJN’s Tom Law about a fake news story which occurred in late May 2017 and triggered a major diplomatic crisis in the Gulf.
Al Jazeera interviews social media journalist, Alastair Reid, technology reporter, Sebastian Moss, and the EJN’s Tom Law about the recent upsurge in Fake News stories, especially those across social media.
On the occasion, of the International day to end impunity for Crimes against journalists, Al Jazeera Human Rights Center held a Regional Symposium on Professional Media: Press Freedom & Safety of Journalists. The symposium took place in Doha, November 2, 2017.
A workshop for Sudanese journalists on hate speech and migration coverage in Khartoum was organised by Al Jazeera’s Center for Public Liberties and Human Rights in May 2017, a declaration was agreed following the event.
Human Rights and Migration
Al Jazeera was one of the main organisations involved in the International Press Institute’s panel discussion on“Media coverage and public perception of refugees and migrants” as part of the 2017 UNESCO World Press Freedom Day gathering in Jakarta, Indonesia.
In 2016, Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights were pleased to work together to offer young journalists in the Arab region a chance to attend a workshop about developing understanding, building responsibility and commitment in media.
EJN Activities with Al Jazeera 2017-18
In 2017 the EJN took part in activities in Doha in cooperation with the Al Jazeera, including participating in two major international conferences on journalism and human rights, as well as conducting training on hate speech, migration, human rights and humanitarian reporting for senior Al Jazeera journalists.
With Al Jazeera the EJN joined the International Press Institute, and the African Media Initiative for a symposium on human rights and journalism in Khartoum for journalists and civil society. The opportunity also allowed the EJN to enter dialogue with the Sudanese government on its poor press freedom record and call for Sudanese media to be given the freedom to organise itself without state interference.
EJN Programme Report for 2016
EJN Board member Chris Elliott represented the Network at the IPI World Congress and World Media Summit, held in April in Doha, both supported by the Al Jazeera Media Network. During the month we also met with Chinese media leaders, attended the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, and made further presentations to universities
in Norway and Belgium.
The EJN contributed a chapter on good governance for media safety as part of a book being prepared by Al Jazeera and wrote a section on ethics and media reporting from conflict zones published by the Konrad Adenaur Foundation in November.