Over the past four years the Egyptian media landscape varied between change and continuity. The research project “Journalism in Transformation in Egypt” examines precisely the questions related to the evolution of Egypt's journalism during the transformation, both on the structural and discursive levels. Therefore, the project’s Egyptian-German research group scrutinizes the efforts of Egypt’s media and journalists towards professional autonomy against constraints from the political, economic and legal spheres.
In order to discuss current developments distinguished media scholars and experts are invited from around the world to the project’s first international conference entitled “Egyptian Media & Journalism between Change and Continuity”. The conference tackles issues like self-regulation of journalists, professionalism, challenges of freedom of speech and media freedom, as well as the evolution of the media landscape and the political economy of Egypt’s media. In the two-day conference an intensive exchange among scholars from Egypt and Germany as well as from other Arab and Western countries shall help us to gain a comprehensive picture of current developments in a comparative perspective. Besides academics, experts from think tanks and NGOs, as well as journalists shall be represented.
The research project and conference are funded by the DAAD as part of the program line 4 within the transformation partnerships ("Tawasul"). Responsible for the project are Prof. Dr. Carola Richter (FU Berlin) und Dr. des. Hanan Badr (Cairo University).