On Thursday, I
participated in a panel discussion about media in the Middle
East at the United Nations to commemorate World Press Freedom Day.
Other panellists included Alya Al-Thani, counsellor, Permanent Mission
of Qatar to the United Nations; Abderrahim Foukara, chief of the Washington
Bureau of Al-Jazeera; Ebtihal Mubarak, journalist for Saudi Arabia's
English-language daily Arab
News; and Ghassan Shabaneh, assistant professor of
Middle East and International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College. I talked
about the great obstacles to press freedom in the region...