Vancouver Institute – Mohamed Fahmy Lecture

Mohamed Fahmy is an award-winning journalist and author. He covered the Iraq war in 2003 for the Los Angeles Times, and published Baghdad Bound based on his experiences. He has done extensive work in the Middle East for CNN, Dubai TV, and Foreign Policy. In 2011, he received the Peabody award for his coverage of the Arab Spring and the Tom Renner Investigative Reporting Award for producing the documentary Death in the Desert. In 2013 he accepted the title of Al Jazeera English Bureau Chief in Egypt, where he was arrested along with two other Al Jazeera English journalists. Mr. Fahmy was sentenced to seven years of incarceration, but was granted a retrial and release in June of 2015 but reconvicted in August of this year. Earlier this year, he founded the Fahmy Foundation for Free Press to help journalists imprisoned world-wide.  In 2014, Fahmy received the Canadian Commission World Press Freedom Award and a certificate from UNESCO.

About the Vancouver Institute

The Vancouver Institute, a free public educational forum, has been in existence since 1916. Lectures are held on the campus of the University of British Columbia during the fall and spring academic terms.  The lectures are in Lecture Hall No. 2 in the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, University of British Columbia. When necessary, neighbouring overflow halls in the Centre, with closed-circuit TV, are used, and the speaker visits each hall during the question period.

Select Articles and Books Available at UBC Library

Cohen-Almagor, R. (2001). Speech, media, and ethics: The limits of free expression : Critical studies on freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and the public’s right to know. New York;Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire;: Palgrave. [Available at Koerner Library stacks – KM204 .C645 2001]

Committee, P. J. (2013). Attacks on the Press: Journalism on the World’s Front Lines Bloomberg Press [Imprint]. [Link]

Kesterton, W. H. (1967). History of Journalism in Canada McGill-Queen’s University Press. [Link]

Seib, P. M. (2012). Al Jazeera English: Global News in a Changing World (1st ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. [Available at Koerner Library stacks – PN1992.92.A393 A43 2012]

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