iOS app Android app

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

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...

Read Post

Media Ethics: Whose Standards?

(1) 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.

2015-05-23-1432380511-430328-ArabMediaForumethicspanelAbuFadil.jpg Arab Media Forum ethics panel (Abu-Fadil)

A panel entitled "The...

Read Post

#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...

Read Post

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:...

Read Post

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,...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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.

Read Post

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.


Read Post

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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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 ...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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...

Read Post

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'...

Read Post

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...

Read Post