TO FEATURE PRESS FREEDOM SUCCESS STORIES
Speakers at the "success stories" session include Steven Gan, editor of the independent news website malaysiakini.com that has pushed the boundaries of press freedom in Malaysia, and Mohamed Al-Ali, managing director of Al-Jazeera Television in Qatar, a satellite TV station that "has every Arab leader gnashing his teeth," according to WAN. Syrian journalist Shaaban Abboud will speak about the groundswell of protest and revolt by journalists and intellectuals in Syria. Other speakers include: Sasa Vucinic of the Hong Kong-based Media Loan Fund, which assists media in troubled countries; Boris Navarsardian, director of the Yerevan Press Club in Armenia, which has fostered dialogue among journalists in Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia; and Remzi Lani, director of the Albanian Media Institute and Chair of the South East European Media Professionals Organisation, which is helping to rebuild free and independent media in the Balkans. The "hot spots" session will feature speakers from Pakistan, Zimbabwe, the Basque region of Spain, and Russia. For more information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.wan-press.org.