On-The-Ground Truths about Middle East Media

Jamal Dajani
Washington, DC

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Jamal Dajani
Vice President for Middle East and North Africa/Latin America and the Caribbean
Jamal Dajani can speak on-the-ground truths about media in the Middle East, and is deeply respected as someone able to discuss coherently and authoritatively the work of Middle East media outlets, from print to radio to TV to Internet. His decades of experience as a broadcaster and commentator in the United States have established him as a go-to, quotable resource on events from the region.
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Jamal Dajani  is an award winning producer and Vice President of Middle East, North Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean at Internews Network. His duties include developing and managing the overall MENA/LAC portfolio and regional offices, establishing the strategic vision for Internews projects and presence in the MENA/LAC region, and working with local teams in indentifying MENA and LAC strategies to be presented to the donor community.

Prior to this, Dajani was the Vice President of International News at Link TV where he co-created Mosaic: World News from the Middle East, winner of the prestigious Peabody Award. Since 2001, he has produced more than 2,000 installments of Mosaic. In 2006, Dajani launched The Mosaic Intelligence Report, a monthly newsletter and MIR weekly video alert, adding more in-depth and below the radar Middle East news analysis to Mosaic.

Dajani has produced and directed several television productions, including Occupied Minds, a documentary shedding light on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and Who Speaks for Islam?, both of which aired on Link TV and PBS stations.

He also served as a consultant for PBS Frontline World's War of Ideas and author of The Arab Media Revolution.

Dajani is a frequent guest on several national and international media broadcast networks and has published numerous articles on the Middle East in many print and electronic media outlets. He blogs regularly on The Huffington Post, co-hosts Arab Talk onKPOO radio, and contributes to the Listening Post on Al Jazeera English.

Dajani is a board member of New America Media, the largest collaboration of ethnic news organizations in the U.S. He served under Mayor Gavin Newsom on the San Francisco Human Rights Commission (2009-2011). Prior to this, he served on the Immigrant Rights Commission (2005-2009) where he was the first Arab-American to be elected chair in 2008. He also served for two years (2003-2004) as President of the Arab Cultural & Community Center in San Francisco.

Dajani graduated from Columbia University in New York City with a B.A. in Political Science. He is fluent in Arabic and English, and conversant in Hebrew and French.

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Ongoing: Sulia


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