The Fifth Arab Reform Conference  “Media, Democracy and Social Responsibility”

A Yemeni man reads a local newspaper after a seven-day ceasefire collapsed, in Sana'a, Yemen, 20 December 2015. Troops loyal to Yemen's internationally recognized president, Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi, said on 20 December they were advancing on the rebel-held capital of Sana'a as peace talks among the war-ravaged rivals were set to end in Switzerland.EPA/YAHYA ARHAB

The Arab Reform Forum is organizing the Fifth Arab Reform Conference in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, 2-4 March 2008 entitled “Media, Democracy and Social Responsibility”.

The Conference draws on BA efforts to raise awareness of limits of freedom of expression, the relationship between democracy and freedom of the press, and citizens’ rights. The Conference will shed light on the role of civil society and efforts made to create better conditions for future generations.

The Conference will address the following themes: are there limits to freedom of expression? (protecting individuals and protecting religious beliefs); the relation between democracy and freedom of press (complete freedom, bounded freedom and what is the scope of these limits?); citizenship rights, and community rights of minorities, disadvantaged and vulnerable groups within society; and development of media techniques, civil society participation, and democratic practices.