Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
When claims abounded that journalism would soon be dead and many of the world’s best-known media titles have either disappeared or are under threat, one man pioneered a path that turned the dooming prophecies on their head.

Later this month, Wadah Khanfar, the co-founder of the Sharq Forum and former Director-General of global media giant Al Jazeera, will visit Sydney for a whirlwind week of talks and forums. He will meet with Australian federal politicians, give a presentation to NSW parliamentarians and deliver seminars hosted by the University of Sydney, the Walkley Foundation in association with the Australian Institute of International Affairs and others.

Ranked as one of the most powerful people in the world by Forbes Magazine, and one of the top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine, Khanfar is also recognised as the third most influential Arab in the world by Arabian Business.

As Director General of Al Jazeera from 2006-2011 he transformed what was once a single channel into an entire media network with multiple properties, including Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Documentary, Al Jazeera Sport, the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Centre, the Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, Al Jazeera Mubasher (Live), and Al Jazeera Mobile.

Since leaving Al Jazeera Khanfar co-founded the Sharq Forum, an independent think-tank that develops long-term strategies for political development, social justice and economic prosperity for people in the Middle East.

Will citizen journalism make journalists redundant? Is there no longer a place for investigative features? Do ethics still have a place in professional media conduct? Is it worth televising to the West alternative views to the Middle Eastern narrative?

More importantly, could a tiny newsroom that broadcasted in Arabic on a single satellite channel possibly be the game changer with a solution for many of these questions and more?

Wadah Khanfar will be in Sydney from 20th to 23rd November, 2012.

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