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Magda Abu-Fadil
Magda Abu-Fadil, who brings years of experience as a foreign correspondent and editor with international news organizations such as Agence France-Presse and United Press International, is director of Media Unlimited. She headed the Journalism Training Program at the American University of Beirut, which she founded. She wrote for Arab dailies Asharq Al-Awsat and Al Riyadh, Washington-based Defense News, was Washington bureau chief of Events magazine, and was Washington correspondent for London-based The Middle East magazine. Abu-Fadil served as director of the Institute for Professional Journalists at the Lebanese American University. She taught journalism at her alma mater, American University in Washington, D.C.

She conducts seminars and workshops in English, Arabic and French for professional journalists across the Arab world, collaborates with international organizations on media projects, consults on media education programs, speaks regularly at international conferences, publishes extensively on media issues, journalism education, and training, and, blogs for the Huffington Post.

Entries by Magda Abu-Fadil

First Lady of Arab Cinema, Faten Hamama, RIP

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2015 | 9:30 AM

They don't make them like that anymore.

The First Lady of Arab cinema and its Golden Age, legend Faten Hamama, is gone, leaving a rich heritage that helped turn her country, Egypt, into a Hollywood on the Nile.

"Audrey Hepburn of Arabia. RIP Faten Hamama," tweeted ...

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Beirut+ TV: Lebanon's Online Animated Satire

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 11:45 AM

It's tough being a satirist amid countless known and invisible threats, but that hasn't deterred Maya Zankoul, Toni Yammine and their merry group from poking fun at all things Lebanese via Beirut+ TV.

"My dream was for years to create an animated series like the Simpsons," Zankoul...

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Lebanese Caricaturists Feel With Charlie Hebdo, Fear Retribution

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 12:17 PM

Lebanese caricaturists felt solidarity with French colleagues targeted in a terrorist attack on the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo this week, but admitted they're hamstrung by threats against them, terrorism, sectarianism, and political instability in their country.

"When it happened, I couldn't believe it, I cried, they're all...

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Byblos Brims With Culture, History and Life

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2015 | 1:18 PM

Warming up to Cuba may have become fashionable in certain U.S. circles but Cuban artists and music have long attracted Lebanese aficionados to hot salsa dances and infectious percussion rhythms.

Legendary octogenarian diva Omara Portuondo and the Buena Vista Social Club musicians added that magical note to the...

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Jinn, Sex, Atheism Strike Egyptian Media

(2) Comments | Posted December 21, 2014 | 11:19 AM

Who would have thought dabbling in the supernatural could become a serious accusation leveled against Egyptian media? In today's topsy-turvy environment, all bets are off.

"While Egyptians await the outcome of due dates that will be decisive to their country's political and economic future, the media are preoccupied with 'exciting'...

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Webbmedia Group's "2015 (Tech) Trend Report" Sets The Pace

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 8:19 AM

What irony within a fortnight!

Stephen Hawking rings alarms about the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI) with machines outsmarting humanity, cognitive computing professor Mark Bishop offers more calming comments, and digital strategist Amy Webb wows us with predictions of technology doing almost everything short of...

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'World Press Trends 2014' Debunks Newspapers' Death

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2014 | 4:52 AM

Not so fast with newspapers' obituary say those in the know, despite the bumpy ride the industry has endured in recent years.

"Each day, more than half the world's adult population read a daily newspaper: 2.5 billion in print and more than 800 million in digital form," according to the...

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Hack vs Flack? What's the Problem? Geography!

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2014 | 9:45 AM

It was time for some cleaning out of files to remind me of a pet peeve and how hacks (journalists) and flacks (public relations pros) often need immersion courses in geography.

The February 2008 printout I found in an old folder from hit on two glaring errors picked up...

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Young People, Media and Health: Risks and Rights

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2014 | 1:58 AM

The agonizing book chapter title "Stealing Children's Innocence in Egypt: Media Literacy, Human Rights and Roads of Violence" hit the nail on the head.

It rang a familiar bell and could well apply to many developing countries going through uncertain transitions.

According to author Ibrahim Saleh, an Egyptian professor of...

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Beirut Seminar Targets Arab Media Hate Speech

(1) Comments | Posted November 15, 2014 | 9:23 AM

Are we ready to tolerate people saying awful things about us in the media without reacting and by not inciting violence?

We should be, according to Aidan White, the director of the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), who expressed concern about the crisis of hate speech in the...

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Images and Media Ethics: How Much, How Far?

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 8:51 AM

What is it about pictures that prompts journalists, activists, and social media users to take liberties with people's privacy, lives and destinies, and be sloppy in what they publish?

Can the race for scoops, scandals, clicks and ratings be the undoing of proper verification, accuracy, fairness and balance?

Sadly, and...

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Global Digital Media Factbook 2014-15 Helps Firms Strategize

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 6:57 AM

How can media firms strategize, plan budgets, and decide where to allocate their resources effectively?

"All things considered, if the biggest opportunities for media company revenue and content strategies for 2014 could be summed up in a few words, they would be Big Data analytics, paid content, native advertising, programmatic...

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BlackbirdFX: Lebanon's Rising Animation Star

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 1:41 PM

What do you get when you mix twenty-something Lebanese talent, animation, and a market hungry for high-end 3-D fun?

BlackbirdFX, of course, Lebanon's rising star with a serious mission to produce short films, feature length movies and an upcoming sitcom with a distinctly Lebanese flavor.


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Breaking Digital Firewalls: Walid Al-Saqaf's Circumvention Ph.D.

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 12:03 PM

Censorship is an ancient practice dating back at least to ancient Greece as illustrated in the case of Socrates and remains active to this very day. Free speech and censorship are two opposite concepts with the former calling for the ability to speak and communicate freely and the latter preventing...

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7iber, Jordan's Gutsy Media Platform

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 10:28 AM

It was blocked four times, going from, to, to, to, but 7iber (Hiber, or ink in Arabic, with an emphasis on the guttural "H") plans to continue fighting for the right to publish content it deems important in Jordan.

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58 Frenetic Hours in Cairo

(3) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 11:01 AM

Cairo under the best of circumstances is frenetic, so 58 hours in the Egyptian capital proved an exhausting undertaking requiring a hardy stamina and lots of patience.

I'd hoped to spend longer visiting folks I hadn't seen in years but couldn't so I kept my stay to the initial schedule...

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As 'Time' Goes By

(1) Comments | Posted August 31, 2014 | 1:41 PM

Is my one-time favorite magazine going the way of the dodo bird? What's to become of TIME after it was cut loose from a corporate tether tied to a sought-after prize?

"For size, for sports, and for ego - why Murdoch wants Time Warner," headlined Brian Stelter in...

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Lebanese Media Flop in Energy Sector Coverage

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 10:20 AM

Old habits die hard and Lebanon's media choose the easy route to report on the vitally important, yet misunderstood, energy sector.

"Will international firms lose interest in Lebanese oil?" asked the daily Al Joumhouria over a week after the Ministry of Energy and Water had postponed a fifth...

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Rumors: Are Lebanese Media Culprits? Take 2

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2014 | 1:48 PM

Rumors are Lebanon's daily bread with legacy media and citizen journalists accused of fanning the flames amid domestic political unrest, economic uncertainty, and regional upheaval whose sparks are burning Lebanese fingers.

"In front of the White House...Supporters of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS) are everywhere," came the tweet from supporters...

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Rumors: Are Lebanese Media Culprits?

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 1:04 PM

News of a mini civil war in Lebanon between the Lebanese army and fighters thought to belong to the Islamic State (formerly ISIS) triggered a wave of rumors this week that were blamed in part on traditional media.

The troubling clashes along the eastern border are a...

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