Freedom House Seeks Proposals for Essay on Arabic Media

Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press project seeks proposals from scholars, researchers, and think tanks based in any country for an examination of the following theme. The essay will be published by Freedom House, with the byline and affiliation of the scholar or researcher. An honorarium of $500 will be provided.

Theme: Freedom for Arab-language Media

The countries of the Middle East and North Africa are some of the world’s most restrictive environments for media freedom. Anti-terror laws, censorship, violence, and persecution keep most news reports regime-friendly and without deep reporting. While some professional and balanced content is produced, many significant topics remain taboo as political powers impose clear red lines.

This essay, in contrast, will explore the areas where Arabic-language broadcast media succeed in presenting high-quality news journalism. Examples could include specific outlets that produce professional content within certain limits (such as television channels in Egypt or Lebanon, or transnational outlets like Al-Jazeera), or isolated and notable investigative journalism (e.g. news reports that sparked a national debate, or individual journalists/newscasters who captured widespread attention by boldly tackling a taboo issue). Particular attention should be paid to aspects that might serve as a model for higher-quality broadcasts in the future. The essay should be approximately 1,000 words and focus on original analysis. A focus on digital media could be considered in place of broadcast after consultation with Freedom House.

Procedures

Please submit concept proposals to Freedom of the Press Director Sarah Repucci at [email protected] by April 20, 2016. The concept proposal should consist of an abstract of no more than 200 words, an outline of the argument to be presented, and the resume/CV of the principal researcher or researchers. 

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