450 journalists to discuss key media issue at the first Assises Internationales du Journalisme of Tunis supported by the OPEN Media Hub
Over 450 leading representatives of the journalism profession from the Arab world, West Africa, and the European Union will discuss media issues with the Tunisian civil society and general public on 15-17 November 2018 at Cité de la Culture in Tunis. To promote journalism that is useful to the citizens and to formulate specific proposals to promote quality media content in all participating countries will be the focus of this first edition of the Assises Internationales du Journalisme of Tunis, Tunisia (International Convention of Journalism), financially and programmatically supported by the OPEN Media Hub implemented by the Thomson Foundation.
The Assises in Tunis are a regional continuation of the Assises Internationales du Journalisme of Tours, France, which for the last 12 years fostered debate among media and the public on the role of journalism in society. The thematic focus for the first Tunisian edition will be “Journalism Useful for Citizens” which participants will address in over 45 thematic panel discussions and public debates, four exhibitions, a book fair and over side events. The event will be held in French and Arabic.
Besides supporting the event, the OPEN Media Hub will highlight journalistic excellence in the coverage on migration, with several panel discussions and public debate on November 16th at Cité de la Culture and will showcase the best films from the Migration Media Award at the 4ème Art theatre where audience will debate with the documentarists. A specialised Migration coverage workshop will be held immediately after the Assises for Tunisian journalists.
To help set up this large event, the OPEN Media Hub has associated with the Tunisian Committee of the Assises, which brings together the Tunisian professional organisations, the Assises founding NGO Journalisme & Citoyenneté (Journalism & Civic Society), and CFI, the French Agency for Media Development, the International Union of the Francophone Press, Reporters without Borders, UNESCO through the EU project NET-MED Youth, Internews and Fondation Hirondelle. Watanayia TV, AFP and France Médias Monde are among media sponsors. A second edition of this biennial event is already planned for the autumn of 2020, on the occasion of the Summit of the Francophone countries’ Heads of State and in relation to the 39th Assises of the Francophone press.
In parallel to the Assises, the OPEN Media Hub is providing media coverage and mentoring of the EuroMed Cultural Partnership Conference held at the Cité de la Culture on 16-18 November. The OPEN Media Hub is organising a “Reporting on Culture” workshop in parallel with the event.
See the event’s official agenda: