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Spanish journalists in Arab countries

From February 05, 2019 until July 31, 20197:00 p.m.
MADRID
Casa Árabe headquarters (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Spanish.

Throughout 2019, Casa Árabe will be holding a series of conferences aimed at increasing awareness about the work by Spanish journalists who cover the Arab world to provide information. 

The series Spanish journalists in Arab countries provides an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge about the trade of investigating, processing and publishing informational content originating from the Middle East and North Africa for Spanish and Spanish-speaking societies. Throughout the twentieth century and the first decades of the twenty-first century, different forms of journalism and media have been evolving, sometimes quite rapidly and radically. How can journalism adapt to change, to the conditions reporters face on the ground, to the wide range of different sources? How can it relate with European journalism traditions and contemporary international practices? And how is the impact of their messages to be evaluated?

SESSIONS:
February 5: Three decades of experience in the Middle East, by Ángela Rodicio
February 25: Javier Martín
March 27: Ricardo García Vilanova, on the occassion of the presentation of his book, Fade to Black. Acenso y caída  del Isis 2011-2019. Siria, Libia, Iraq
April: Natalia Sancha
 
  • Three decades of experience in the Middle East

    Three decades of experience in the Middle East

    February 05, 20197:00 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62, upper floor). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    In Spanish.
    First session in the series Spanish journalists in Arab countries, given by Ángela Rodicio, a journalist for Informe Semanal, a weekly news show on Spain’s RTVE network.
    The event will be presented by Pedro Martínez-Avial, the General Director of Casa Árabe.

    Ángela Rodicio traveled to Iraq for the first time in April of 1988, to cover the Iran-Iraq War. Since then, over the last three decades she has tracked the most important events taking place in that region, as well as the main events influencing the changes in geopolitical alliances and strategies. She has witnessed the breakup of the USSR, the end of the bipolar Cold War world, the war in Bosnia, the origin of a new era of religious wars, the campaigns in the Gulf of 1991 and 2003, the unrest and uprisings in Iran, the movements known as the “Arab Springs” and the shifting borders in the Middle East one century after the Sykes-Picot Treaty. In 2016, she won the Espasa Essay Award for her latest book Las Novias de la Yihad (The Jihad Brides), which has just been translated into Russian for publication.

    The series Spanish journalists in Arab countries provides an opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge about the trade of investigating, processing and broadcasting informational content originating from the Middle East and North Africa for Spanish and Spanish-speaking societies. Throughout the twentieth century and the first decades of the twenty-first century, different forms of journalism and media have been evolving, sometimes quite rapidly and radically. How can journalism adapt to change, to the conditions reporters face on the ground, to the wide range of different sources? How can it relate with European journalism traditions and contemporary international practices? And how is the impact of their messages to be evaluated?

    Ángela Rodicio has worked at TVE since 1986, when she was hired by the public network as an intern from the Universidad Complutense, where she earned her university degree in Information Sciences. She has been a correspondent and special envoy since then, covering topics in international politics. She has been awarded with the most important acknowledgments in Spain, including the Víctor de la Serna Award for best correspondent in 1992 and the Cirilo Rodríguez Award that same year. She has also received other international awards, including the International Maria Grazia Cuttuli Award given by the Corriere della Sera Group, in 2011, and the award given by the UNCA (United Nations Correspondents Association), in 2014.
  • Challenges for a Spanish correspondent in the Arab world

    Challenges for a Spanish correspondent in the Arab world

    February 25, 20197:00 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
    In Spanish.
    EFE news agency correspondent in Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, Javier Martín, is the personage highlighted at this second session in the series Spanish journalists in Arab countries.
    Participating with Javier Martín is Ramón Lobo, a journalist and writer. Presenting the event is Karim Hauser, Casa Árabe’s Coordinator of International Relations.

    The career of a journalist with a lengthy career in Arab countries is peppered with complex moments and crucial decisions in the daily task of providing information. The last two decades have witnessed major transformations, not only of political regimes, but also civil society. The pendulum swinging between authoritarianism and democracy continues to mark the region, and the defense of human rights and the trade of working in journalism are often at odds. Javier Martín will be speaking about his experience dealing with these situations and how to make providing reliable, contextualized information compatible with defending human rights. He will be accompanied by veteran reporter Ramón Lobo.

    The series Spanish journalists in Arab countries provides an opportunity to get first-hand knowledge about the trade of investigating, processing and broadcasting  the news content   originating   from the Middle East and North Africa to Spain and Spanish-speaking societies. Throughout the twentieth century and the first two decades of the twenty-first century, the different forms of journalism and media have gradually evolved, sometimes quickly and radically. How can journalists adapt to this change, to the conditions of the reporter in the field, to the wide range of sources? How can contemporary European and international journalism traditions relate with one another, and how can the impact of their messages be evaluated?

    Javier Martín  is a representative of the Efe News Agency in Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. In his 22 years as a journalist in the Arab-Muslim world and North Africa, he has covered six wars and has been a permanent correspondent for Efe in Egypt, a special envoy to Iraq, the founder of the Efe correspondent’s office in Iran and a correspondent in Israel and Palestine. A regular contributor to publications like El País and Foreign Policy (Esglobal), he has authored five well-known books about the region. A finalist on two occasions for the Cirilo Rodríguez Award for foreign correspondents, in 2018 he was bestowed with the international “Julio Anguita Parrado” journalism award for his work in favor of human rights.

    Ramón Lobo has been a writer and journalist for four decades. He was a war correspondent for El País from 1992 to 2012.  In 2001, he received the eighteenth Cirilo Rodríguez Journalism Award.