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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

Miami Art, Not Miami Vice, Attracts Aficionados

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 12:09 PM

Two people walk into a bar... and find an exquisite Sir Henry Moore marble sculpture mounted on a pedestal in a fountain adorning a five-star hotel lobby's atrium.

Not your typical joke punchline, but then Miami has long transcended the Miami Vice TV police series reputation...

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PAMM Draws International Visitors to Eclectic Exhibits

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 9:11 AM

A Lebanese image from the past exhibited in an avant-garde Miami edifice bearing a Hispanic name?

Why not?

I was pleasantly surprised on a recent visit to the city to find a photo entitled "Bodybuilders" shot by Hashem El Madani from the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon at...

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Making Change: Nordic Countries And Gender Equality in Media

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 12:24 PM

Would Swedish actress and Casablanca star Ingrid Bergman have made a good producer or director?

Hollywood movie fans may not know much about the Scandinavian film scene, but a number of Nordic citizens are pointing to an anomaly the region shares with other parts of...

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7iber's Virtual Ink Runs Again

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 4:00 PM (Hiber, Arabic for ink) is running again after bowing to Jordan's licensing requirement and being blocked four times, but it hasn't veered from a mission to produce good, professional, and critical content.

7iber's Lina Ejeilat (Abu-Fadil)

"There were two...

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Social Media, Ethics and Awards

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 10:56 AM

One tasteless tweet and you're nailed -- virtually and otherwise.

In a tweet, self-styled Lebanese journalist Ghadi Francis -- no stranger to controversy -- described the Syrian city of Douma as "meshwiyyeh" (Arabic for "grilled" or "barbequed") by barrel bombs that killed untold numbers of civilians.

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If It's February, This Must Be Brussels

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2015 | 9:15 AM

Yes, it's a twist on the 1969 film starring Suzanne Pleshette and Charlie Cartwright "If it's Tuesday, this must be Belgium," about a group of American tourists zipping through Europe on a bus tour with barely time to see anything.


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Cartoons: Art and Entertainment or Lethal Weapons?

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 2:54 PM

Saturday's smaller replay in Copenhagen of Paris' Charlie Hebdo massacre that left three dead (including the suspected shooter) and several injured begs the question: are cartoons art and entertainment or lethal weapons?

The presumed target this week: controversial Swedish cartoon artist Lars Vilks whose 2007 depictions of the...

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Belgian Comic Strip Center, Not Just a Laughing Matter

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 8:21 AM

Laughter is the best medicine, unless mocking others gets you killed as with Charlie Hebdo, but that hasn't stopped comic strip artists from skewering people and institutions down the ages.

Except cartoon characters aren't always funny. There's a serious dimension to their messages.

A rich collection of such...

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J-Schools Must Include Safety Courses in Curricula

(1) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 1:27 PM

Today's good news is Aljazeera's Peter Greste heading home after 400 days in an Egyptian jail. Yesterday's bad news was freelance journalist Kenji Goto's beheading by ISIS at some Middle Eastern desert location.

The Australian and Japanese war correspondents are two among scores of...

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First Lady of Arab Cinema, Faten Hamama, RIP

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2015 | 8:30 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 | 10:45 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 | 11:17 AM

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 | 12:18 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

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2014 | 10:19 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 | 7:19 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 | 3:52 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 | 8:45 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 | 12:58 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 | 8:23 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 | 7:51 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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