To reflect on the issues concerning the relationship between youth and media in North Africa and the Levant, the Forum "Media & Youth: A Hate-Love Relationship?", organised on 15 and 16 March in Beirut, gives the floor to 80 young people from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Palestine, and Syria, who have launched media projects and initiatives that enable the youth to speak out or to participate in public debate.
The Forum is discussing a range of topics: the role of media in helping young people find employment, media literacy, holding authorities accountable through the media, youth expectations about the media, and more.
The programme includes two major debates:
Traditional Media and Youth: Disenchantment
Media, a gateway for youth employment?
Twelve workshops and nine presentations of projects or initiatives complete the programme.
Funded by the European Union in the framework of the Neighbourhood Policy with the countries of the Middle East and North Africa, the Forum is organised in partnership with CFI, the French media cooperation agency, and the Lebanese Samir Kassir Foundation. The event was opened on 15 March by Ambassador Christina Lassen, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon, in the presence of Mrs Gisèle Khoury, President of the Samir Kassir Foundation and Mr Etienne Fiatte, Managing Director of CFI.