Securing Core Elements of Public Service Media in African, Arab and European countries

17th June 2019 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
University of Westminster (UG05)
309 Regent St
Marylebone, London W1B 2HT
Securing Core Elements of Public Service Media in African, Arab and European countries @ University of Westminster (UG05) | England | United Kingdom

Scarcity or inadequacy of public service media (PSM) frameworks is often linked to democratic deficits in transitional countries and beyond. What measures are needed to make the media serve all sections of society? PSM are by definition intended to meet the challenge of social and cultural diversity and political pluralism, in terms of content provision and coverage. In a period of political upheaval in several African countries, clampdowns on journalism in parts of the Arab world and recent rapid changes in demographics in Europe following large-scale forced migration, this event examines efforts and initiatives to support PSM in new environments and the obstacles they face. Bringing together academics, policy-makers, civil society and industry, this short workshop will reflect on specific examples of how and where models of PSM have contributed to media development in countries of the Global North and Global South. It will look in particular into:

  • Political changes in Zimbabwe, how they impacted upon the PSM dimension and the need for urgent reforms;
  • Openings in Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Lebanon that could increase the effectiveness of promoting PSM;
  • How PSM in Europe have responded to the information needs of young European-born children and those from outside Europe who have recently arrived.


Prof. Naomi Sakr, CAMRI Arab Media Centre, University of Westminster;

Dr Winston Mano, CAMRI Africa Media Centre, University of Westminster;

(More speakers to be confirmed)

Venue: Room UG05, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, W1B 2HW London

Date and Time:

17 June 2019

16:30 – 18:00 panel debate and discussion with the audience;

18:00 – 19:30 networking drinks reception.

We look forward to welcoming you to this event!

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