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For decades Kuwait, with its rowdy elected parliament and noisy press, has enjoyed relative freedom. Faced in recent months by unprecedented mass demonstrations demanding broader democracy, the sleekly rich city-state’s riot police have gained a nasty reputation for brutality.

Thus spake The Economist a few weeks ago, just prior to a session organised by the UK Embassy in Kuwait to “focus on finding the right balance between ensuring freedom of expression and security in the context of the rising popularity of social media.” It was vigorously tweeted at #q8_expression, and a couple of accounts of the meeting have appeared online.

President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi said Thursday the media has to be controlled and adopt a strategy to tackle the crisis and difficult conditions in the country. As chairing a meeting with the general committee of the General People Congress (GPC), President Hadi said that the media officials should give Yemen’s desired future priority over the partisan interests or narrow-minded views. The commitment of media calming was a one of the important points in the executive mechanism of the Gulf initiative, which stipulates that media, either the GPC’s or Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) and all political parties’, supports and covers the achievements of the political settlement so as not to contradict the media policy with the tireless efforts aimed at ends the crisis in the country, Hadi said.

President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi said Thursday the media has to be controlled and adopt a strategy to tackle the crisis and difficult conditions in the country. As chairing a meeting with the general committee of the General People Congress (GPC), President Hadi said that the media officials should give Yemen’s desired future priority over the partisan interests or narrow-minded views. The commitment of media calming was a one of the important points in the executive mechanism of the Gulf initiative, which stipulates that media, either the GPC’s or Joint Meeting Parties (JMP) and all political parties’, supports and covers the achievements of the political settlement so as not to contradict the media policy with the tireless efforts aimed at ends the crisis in the country, Hadi said.

The program aims at contributing to knowledge gaining and capacity building in the areas of media policy and media reform in the region. […] A group of regional experts, in conjunction with local experts of the most valuable expertise resources in Egypt will deliver the program:
Emad Mubarak, executive director, Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, Egypt.
Professor Hussein Amin, professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, The American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Negad El Borai, attorney at law and senior partner, United Group, Attorneys at Law, Legal Researchers and Human Rights Advocates, Egypt.
Professor Ramy Aly, anthropologist and co-founder of the Public Service Broadcast Initiative, Egypt.
Professor Rasha Abdulla, associate professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, The American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Professor Rasha Allam, affiliate professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, The American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Sawsan Zaidah, journalist and director, Eye on Media, Jordan.
Tarek Atia, managing director, Egypt Media Development Program, Egypt.
Tony Mikhael, director of media monitoring unit, Maharat Foundation, Lebanon.
Yahia Shukkier, journalist, managing editor, Alarab Alyawm newspaper, Jordan.

The program aims at contributing to knowledge gaining and capacity building in the areas of media policy and media reform in the region. […] A group of regional experts, in conjunction with local experts of the most valuable expertise resources in Egypt will deliver the program:
Emad Mubarak, executive director, Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, Egypt.
Professor Hussein Amin, professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, The American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Negad El Borai, attorney at law and senior partner, United Group, Attorneys at Law, Legal Researchers and Human Rights Advocates, Egypt.
Professor Ramy Aly, anthropologist and co-founder of the Public Service Broadcast Initiative, Egypt.
Professor Rasha Abdulla, associate professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, The American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Professor Rasha Allam, affiliate professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, The American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Sawsan Zaidah, journalist and director, Eye on Media, Jordan.
Tarek Atia, managing director, Egypt Media Development Program, Egypt.
Tony Mikhael, director of media monitoring unit, Maharat Foundation, Lebanon.
Yahia Shukkier, journalist, managing editor, Alarab Alyawm newspaper, Jordan.