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School welcomes Arab media commentators to Cardiff

27 October 2017

UK Arab Commentators Forum in the Senedd Cardiff
Delegates of the UK Arab Commentators Forum visiting the Senedd.

The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies welcomed the UK Arab Commentators Forum to Cardiff for the first time on Wednesday 25 October 2017.

Delegates arrived for three days of workshops, panels and tours of Cardiff’s political and news organisations including the Senedd and ITV Wales.

The week-long programme of events was organised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and began in London with the group meeting FCO Minister of State Alistair Burt MP.

The workshops tackled the broad range of digitally orientated challenges that journalism and media commentators face world-wide and in particular the Middle East.

Professor Richard Sambrook, who led and co-ordinated Cardiff’s workshops, said “The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies has a proud tradition of engaging with international journalism, media and communications challenges through our research and our teaching.

“By building these new global partnerships and networks we’re pleased to support the aims of the FCO’s first UK Arab Commentators Forum.

“The delegates showed great enthusiasm and engaged wholeheartedly with a number of complex issues that straddled journalism, politics and culture.”

Whist in Cardiff the delegates attended lectures and took part workshops discussing the accountability of social media platforms, UK press and broadcast regulation, the development of creative industries in Wales, fake news and how the UK is adapting its foreign policy as it prepares to leave the European Union.

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