Three seasoned professionals with extensive experience working in conflict zones in the Middle East and North Africa will lead the workshop.
Paul Eedle, who led sessions at the LIAS-Rory Peck Trust workshop in June 2015, is a filmmaker and journalist who has worked on both sides of the commissioning table in 24 countries over four continents. His experience includes setting up the independent Iraqi News Agency Aswat al-Iraq, working as Director of Programs at AlJazeera English, and running Reuters operations in Japan and the U.S.A.
Rima Marrouch, who also guided participants at the 2015 LIAS-Rory Peck Trust workshop, is an award-winning Syrian-Polish journalist, the recipient of the 2012 “Anna Lindh Journalism Award for Reporting Across Cultures” for her coverage from Syria. She has worked for newspapers, radio stations and television channels in the Middle East and beyond and has built an extensive freelance portfolio covering the Arab Spring. She currently works for Reuters TV and al-Araby.
Abeer Saady is an award-winning Egyptian freelance journalist, consultant and training specialist, who has worked in a wide range of media across the Arab world for nearly quarter of a century. She has a distinguished record and an international reputation for her frontline work in the field of media development and training in conflict areas. In recognition of her work in 2014, Reporters Without Borders named her as one of the"100 Heroes of Information". She has managed and delivered training programs for journalists and news media in the Middle East, Europe and Asia and has conducted programs in English and Arabic. She works with international organizations and the media development community and has delivered speeches at many international conferences. She has written extensively on journalism, political affairs and media development.