COPE socials event 30 Oct 2017 – University of Copenhagen

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06 October 2017

Reporting from Chaos: The Middle East and the Current Media Landscape

The Copenhagen Center for Disaster Research (COPE) is continuing its monthly networking events. There will be cheap cocktails at student/disaster-interested-friendly prices, spirited discussions and some COPE-sponsored snacks. For each meeting, we will invite someone to talk for approximately 30 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Q&A. That’s it. Interesting people, cocktails and disaster and humanitarian related discussions.

Time: 16:00 – 18:00
Date: 30th October 2017
Place: COPE, University of Copenhagen (CSS Campus), Building 24, 2nd floor, Øster Farimagsgade 5

Admission is free and registration is not required

This talk will focus on the several ongoing humanitarian crises in the Middle East--from Syria and Iraq to Yemen, to the decades-old Israeli occupation of Palestine--and how the global and regional media are covering these crises. From the optimism of the Arab Spring to the depressing realities of today, the media, politics and the humanitarian industry have a lot to answer for. They are failing with devastating consequences for millions of civilians across the region.

Karl Schembri is the Middle East Media Adviser with the Norwegian Refugee Council. Based in Amman, Jordan, he travels across the region in a bid to bring the human face of the humanitarian crises to the public attention. He has worked previously as regional media manager with Save the Children, as media adviser on the Syria crisis with Oxfam, and for four years as Oxfam's communications and media officer in the Gaza Strip. Before joining humanitarian organisations he worked for 15 years as a journalist in which he covered Libya, the Palestinian Intifada in 2000, and the war in Kosovo, among other issues.

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