Editors Voice
El Watan, an Algerian Success Story
OBelhouchet.jpgInterview with the editor-in-chief of El Watan, one of Algeria’s leading French-language daily, which continues to thrive despite a climate that does not always foster freedom of speech.
25 June 2007
Sibawayh’s fault
lesabre.jpgChérif Choubachy, ex-director of the Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram’s Paris office and a former news anchor in Egypt, recently published the book A bas Sibawayh, (Down with Sibawayh), which sparked an outcry in the Arab world. More
11 April 2007
The Arab press: more freedom…and more moaning

logowef.jpg«Who killed the newspaper?» was the title in September of the British weekly, The Economist. This “obituary” did not leave the World Editors Forum (WEF) impassive, the organization for Editors within the World Association of Newspapers, which wasted no time in polling editors-in-chief, deputy editors and other senior news executives.

04 April 2007
Femmes Arabes or the challenges facing an ethnic magazine

khadija_Darid.jpgShortly after the attacks of September 11, Khadija Darid, a Canadian of Moroccan origin who has lived in Quebec for the past 18 years, decided to start a magazine for the Arab community in Canada, whose image had been quite tarnished.

03 April 2007
'Giving in would have meant becoming lapdogs'. An interview with Zakia Daoud, an emblematic figure of Moroccan journalism
Born Jacqueline David in 1937 in Bernay, France, in the heart of Normandy, she would later become Zakia Daoud in 1963, and one of the most emblematic characters of Moroccan journalism. The reputation of that self-taught woman who left school when she was 16 is mostly due to Lamalif, an audacious French speaking publication that she founded in 1966 with her husband, Mohamed Loghlam More
09 March 2007
The Mohamed Cartoons - Not Many Lessons Learned
The hottest debate at this year's World Editor Forum was about the lessons learned from the Danish cartoon crisis. Overall the discussion, and the audience fray afterward, descended into the same kind of cross accusations and pandering to populism that the cartoon incident itself feature.
Newsletter No 31
11 July 2006
Arab Press Lack Credibility Due to Government Ownership
According to Mohammed  Jasem Al Saqr , an acclaimed Arab journalist and editor of the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Qabas, very few newspapers in the Arab world are perceived as credible sources. Because most media establishments are owned directly or indirectly by the government, there is little breathing room.
Editors Weblog
28 April 2006
The Format Change: Getting it Right
The shift from broadsheet newspapers to tabloid has gained unstoppable momentum internationally, but there is more to the process than simply changing the size of the page.
Newsletter No 21
07 March 2006
Impact of Internet and Satellite Channels: Freer Reporting From Arab Newspapers
There are many trends effecting newsrooms world-wide, but in the Arab world the most important may be the impact that the internet and satellite channels have on censorship.
Newsletter No 21
07 March 2006
What Determines Front-Page News
Are Arab media getting more freedom? How do editors choose front-page headlines? What are the reasons for the advertising underinvestment in the Middle East? More than 1000 participants from 56 countries gathered in Dubai to discuss these questions at the “Arab and World Media” conference organized by the Arab Thought Foundation on 5-6 December.
Newsletter No 10
13 December 2005
Photojournalism Enters the UAE
Traditionally, Arab newspapers do not have a strong culture of photojournalism. However, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), competition with new media and the increasing number of English-language newspapers have led editors to change their view on the use of photos. More
Newsletter No 6
08 November 2005
What Sets a Newspaper Apart?
What is the place of the newspaper in society? What sets it apart from, and above, its rivals? Are newspapers succumbing too easily to the temptation to become more populist? How do they increase readership and broaden their influence?

Newspapers have grown into just one of many media that make up our information society. The newspaper is not the most powerful of them. Radio, TV and the Internet are faster, more diverse, and often more appealing. Moreover, and more importantly, it no longer controls how news is circulated, nor does it set the tone for our collective information.
Newsletter No 5
03 November 2005
One Article at a Time: Egyptian Media Work to De-stigmatize AIDS
In April 2003 a story appeared in the Cairo Times that highlighted the need for frank discussion about HIV/AIDS in Egypt. The article, entitled "Running a Silent Risk", uncovered troubling misconceptions about the disease and exposed the stigma attached to those infected with HIV in Egypt. More
30 July 2005
Editors Debate on Standard of Egyptian Journalism
Bahrain's private TV channel Al-Safwa's daily discussion programme "On the Air" recently discussed on the current state of the Egyptian press and ways to improve it. The guests were Lamis al-Hadidi, editor-in-chief of Egyptian daily Al-Alam al-Yawm, Abd-al-Halim Qandil, editor of Egyptian opposition daily Al-Arabi al-Nasiri and Khayri Ramadan, editor of Al-Ahram al-Arabi. More
The Editors Weblog
16 July 2005
Egypt's Official Press Gets New Editors
According to Al Jazeera, "Egypt's government-appointed newspaper editors, some of whom have been in their posts for more than a quarter of a century, are replaced by a younger generation of journalists... Among those to be replaced are Ibrahim Nafie, 74, editor of Al-Ahram and Ibrahim Saada, 68, of Akhbar al-Youm." More
The Editors Weblog
05 July 2005
Jordan: Western Style Tabloid Launched
"We are the first tabloid-size daily similar to those published abroad," said Awni Da'ud, chief editor of the new Jordanian tabloid Al-Anbat. More
The Editors Weblog
06 May 2005
The Survey that American and Arab Media Try to Ignore
"Revisiting the Arab street" is a major study that cannot be ignored by media from around the world: it gives a totally new vision of what is the Arab public opinion today. Especially I recommend the section called "rethinking terrorism" (see below the synthesis of the study). More
The Editors Weblog
12 March 2005
Morocco Publishers to Fight 'Newspaper Renting'
It happens in a lot of African countries where buying a newspaper is relatively expensive compared to the average standard of life. Here, Publishing-Industry.Net reports about the Moroccon sitiuation: "Morocco's publishing industry has decided to take a stand to confront the economic crisis that the industry faces in the name of "renting" newspapers instead of buying them. More
The Editors Weblog
28 February 2005
Egypt: a Brief Political Summary of National Newspapers
An article in the French weekly, Courrier International summarizes how national dailies in Egypt are biased in regards to the government. The survey shows how important papers can be in influencing voting. More
The Editors Weblog
24 February 2005
Palestinians and Israelis to Collaborate on a Watchdog Project
The Jerusalem Post reports that an Israeli think tank, Keshev Centre for Protection of Democracy and its Palestinian colleagues at the Ramallah-based Miftah are undergoing a joint project to survey the media covering the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. More
The Editors Weblog
24 February 2005
Middle East: NYT Survey of Arab Media
Although the Iraqi elections may have been a success, The New York Times feels that the Bush administration still has to get through to the average Arab. The best way to do that; through the Arab media. More
The Editors Weblog
07 February 2005
BBC News Reports on the Palestinian Press
According to the BBC, three daily newspapers and a number of weeklies serve the 400,000 Palestinians who live in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. While many of the weeklies are affiliated to specific political organizations, two of the dailies are independent and the third daily is owned largely by the Palestinian National Authority (PNA). More
The Editors Weblog
04 February 2005
Middle East: Newspaper Circulation Falling Due to Rising Internet Connections
In three separate surveys of national Middle Eastern newspapers in Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Iraq the BBC reports that the impact of the internet is being felt. The articles mainly focus on competition between papers, press freedom, and circulation difficulties caused by war. More
The Editors Weblog
27 January 2005
Gulf Region: Editors and Publishers Almost Agree to Set up a Newspaper Association
It was a fascinating moment when several editors and publishers of the Gulf region agreed to create a common Newspapers Association (through a promising 12 people steering committee). Just because it was impossible to imagine that two or three years ago. More
The Editors Weblog
18 January 2005
Call for Media Reform in Arabic Countries
There are plenty of media conferences in the Gulf area: last week in Abu Dhabi and next week in Dubai. What was said in Abu Dhabi is very important. According to AFP, "A conference on Arab media which opened here Sunday heard calls by two Emirati officials for the Arab world to embrace reform and not allow extremists to hinder change in the name of Islam." More
The Editors Weblog
11 January 2005
What's Wrong with Arab Journalism?
Find here the presentation the World Editors Forum Director made at the first Middle East Publishing Conference held in Dubai on 17 and 18 January 2005. Bertrand Pecquerie speaks about what he considers the main obstacles in the development of Arab newspapers. More
The Editors Weblog
07 January 2005
The Sudan Mirror to Reconciliate Christians and Muslims
Originally written in English, the Sudanese newspaper Sudan Mirror celebrated its first anniversary in October 2004 by adding an Arabic edition - a small but significant step toward reconciliation in a land marked by acrimony between the Christian south, where English is generally spoken, and the Arab-speaking Muslim north. More
The Editors Weblog
09 December 2004
US: Why Iraqi Papers are Not Covered Sufficiently
Editor & Publisher remarked the lack of coverage of Iraqi papers in US media. The Week Magazine, according to Editor & Publisher, "is one of the few places to publish occasional excerpts from Iraqi editorials." Other US newspapers with bureaus in Baghdad justify their imbalanced coverage with a lack of truthfulness in Iraqi news. More
The Editors Weblog
03 December 2004