As the 2011 protests weakened the grip of authoritarian regimes, alternative media outlets challenged the state’s domination of print and broadcast journalism. These new outlets called into question the previously dominant government narratives of political and social life, publishing critical articles and providing space for public debates on major issues in countries. However, freedom of expression was often met with violence and repression. A decade later, many of these media outlets continue to function, challenging state-sponsored narratives in Egypt, Syria, Yemen, and Tunisia. 

Join us on Wednesday, April 7 from 10:00-11:15 a.m. EEST for a public panel discussion with Lina Atallah, Kareem Sakka, Yasin Swehat and Isam Uraiqat, moderated by Alia Ibrahim. The discussion will be held in Arabic and livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook. For more information, please contact Josiane Matar at