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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

Lebanese Journalists Union Elections: Rerun, Rehash, Rejection

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2015 | 12:39 PM

Believe it or not, an LBCI TV report said, the journalists union in Lebanon is tasked with protecting journalists' rights.

But, believe it or not, it quoted online journalist Hassan Al Zein as saying, members of the Lebanese Journalists Union (LJU), who aren't even journalists, sell their...

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Egyptian Humor Sails Across New Suez Canal

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 10:37 AM

One must hand it to Egyptians. Their legendary sense of humor has sustained them through the millennia, coming in handy to mark this week's inauguration of the new Suez Canal.

While the country's legacy media did their share of covering the stellar event, mostly in lockstep with the government's views,...

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Legal Battle Dogs Lebanese 'Fe-Male' Journalist

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 12:47 PM

Lebanese journalist Hayat Mirshad, at loggerheads with TV personality Tony Khalife over social media posts in which she accused him of being a sexist advocate of domestic violence, is in legal hot water.

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Review: Good Evening: Télé Liban's 100 History-Making Moments

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 2:46 PM

Few may know or have viewed Perry Mason, Bonanza, The Green Hornet, The Fugitive and The Man From U.N.C.L.E on a black and white TV set.

Fewer yet may imagine a third of a 19-inch screen filled with Arabic and French subtitles,...

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Egypt Enforces Tough Media Restrictions

(8) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 11:21 AM

One can't blame journalists in Egypt for being confused about what they can (and can't) cover and what language to use in their reports, given the widening chasm between authorities and countless news organizations.

Local and foreign journalists could face prosecution and jail if they fall afoul of anti-terrorism legislation...

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Media Under Fire: Grim Arab World Case Studies

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 4:54 PM

Arab media face major hardships with journalists on the receiving end of gross violations at the hands of authorities, armed groups, militias and others.

There were 3,277 violations of various rights in 18 Arab countries in 2014 with about a third considered flagrant and whose perpetrators committed them with impunity,...

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Was Intra Bank's Fall A Prelude to Lebanon's Downfall?

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 9:49 AM

Forget local history books that don't fully account for a civil war and other setbacks that ruined the country and follow the money in Lebanon's tortuous slide from "Switzerland of the Middle East" to dysfunctional entity par excellence.

To do so, one must read Kamal Dib's tome "Yousef Beidas: The...

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Innovations in Newspapers = Newsroom Mindset Changes

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2015 | 10:59 AM

Legacy media are at it again: Trying to separate news from noise while engaging audiences, maintaining high standards, keeping pace with technology and cashing in.

"In an environment characterized by information hyperinflation, traditional media outlets must adapt to change without losing sight of their basic mission to produce quality...

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'Boom Boom' Baz: A1 Photojournalist

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2015 | 1:03 PM

That's his nickname, acquired being first on the scene to shoot the effects of booby-trapped cars during his native Lebanon's civil war.

His real name is Patrick Baz and he's a 52-year-old Lebanese-French veteran of too many killing fields that he admits ultimately take a heavy toll on photojournalists and...

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Today's Newsrooms = Robo-Journalism, Games, Apps, Gender Equality

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 11:09 AM

The example is funny and scary: A robot writes literature, akin to churning out copy for news organizations, thereby eliminating entry-level newsroom jobs and alarming future journalists.

"When I in dreams behold thy fairest shade. Whose shade in dreams doth wake the sleeping morn. The daytime shadow of my...

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Jordan's Media at 'Dead End,' Laws Restrictive: Study

(1) Comments | Posted May 31, 2015 | 4:31 AM

Jordan's media are at a dead end and its laws are hampering journalists from working in an open environment, a report on freedom in that country revealed.

"When you read this title, it's an indicator of what Jordan's situation is," Nidal Mansour, president of the Amman-based Center for...

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Media Ethics: Whose Standards?

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2015 | 8:06 AM

It bears repeating: Media ethics aren't a one-off endeavor and shouldn't be a priority only when trouble brews.

The topic came up repeatedly during the Arab Media Forum in Dubai.

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A panel entitled "The...

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#AMF2015 Tackles Politics, Religion, Ethics, Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2015 | 3:38 PM

Toss some hot political issues, mix in religious extremism, factor some ethical considerations and blend in innovation to produce the most sought-after ticket in Arab media events.

"We're facing an organic crisis; there's an institutional failure (in the Arab world)," said Fawaz Gerges, Emirates Chair in Contemporary Middle...

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Broadcast Meet Tackles Terrorism, Policies, Challenges

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2015 | 2:41 PM

A conference aimed at mitigating hate speech, radicalism, and violence that plague Arab broadcast media took the bull by the horns this week amid heated debate on freedom and government controls.

"Freedom is not dangerous, it's just a bit difficult," argued Frode Rekve at the "Radio and Television Broadcasting Conference:...

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Magazines Thrive, Still Surprise

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2015 | 2:55 AM

Can print magazines survive, thrive and surprise, what with all the existing online, digital and mobile fare?

Absolutely, say media industry experts, adding that those who have declared magazines' demise are off-track.

It may take under-served markets, unique delivery methods or tying print to digital, to enhance both media,...

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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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