Twenty two of Morocco’s leading media owners and editors gathered in London on 25-26 February 2010, to attend a conference and study tour exploring Inclusive Journalism.
The event, organised by the Media Diversity Institute, called “Inclusive Media for Inclusive Societies” is part of a two year programme to support a more responsible and inclusive media in Morocco, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The opening session included a keynote speech by Lesley Abdela MBE, UK Woman Political Journalist of the year 2009, and a panel debate on how responsible and inclusive the British media is, particularly in relation to coverage of the Middle East & North Africa and the Muslim community in the UK. The panellists included Sharif Hikmat Nashashibi, Director of Arab Media Watch, Nick Carter from the Society of Editors, James Brandon, from the Quilliam Foundation, and Professor Robert Pinker from the Press Complaints Commission.
The two-day event also included visits to the BBC Diversity Department, BBC Arabic Service, Channel 4 Television, and the Guardian newspaper