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AMEJA Presents: Covering Climate Change in the Middle East and North Africa

AMEJA Presents: Covering Climate Change in the Middle East and North Africa

Date(s) - 01/28/2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association


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Fri, January 28, 2022

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM IST

AMEJA panel discussion on best practices in MENA climate change coverage

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Climate impacts are taking a major toll on West Asia and North Africa, regions marked by wildfires, flooding, heat waves, and marked upticks in pollution. Ahead of the next two major climate change summits held in Egypt and the UAE, join the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association for a free, online discussion on best practices in covering climate change, energy, and the environment in the Middle East.

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Maya Gebeily: Maya Gebeily focuses on the Middle East for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, where she writes about climate change, tech, socioeconomic inequalities, and other trends shaping the region. She was a reporter for Agence-France Presse for six years, where she covered politics, conflict, and humanitarian issues in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. With that background, she’s particularly interested in how the adverse impacts of climate change will exacerbate existing fault-lines, and the political ramifications on the populations of oil-producing countries transitioning to more sustainable economies.

Ghada Alsharif: Ghada Alsharif is a multimedia journalist currently with the Toronto Star with experience in the Middle East and Canada covering politics, climate change, social issues, the economy and the courts. Over the past three years in Lebanon, she covered the Beirut Port explosion and its legal investigation, the October 2019 uprising and the ongoing devastating economic collapse among other stories for Lebanese English-language newspapers L’Orient Today and The Daily Star.

Farah Atyyat: Farah Atyyat has worked at Al-Ghad Daily Newspaper since May 2004, covering the Ministry of Environment and Municipal Affairs. Before that, she covered other beats such as the Ministry of Agriculture human rights issues. Previously she worked as a correspondent for a number of Arabic TV channels, such as Kuwait TV, and Oman TV. Farah is a certified trainer in media issues, and used to give training in different media subjects for the people who work in the media field especially in Oman. She recently received a master’s degree from the Jordan Media Institute in the field of journalism and new media.

Anne Barnard: Anne Barnard, a veteran New York Times reporter and foreign correspondent, is currently based in New York covering climate and the environment. Barnard led coverage of the Syria war for The New York Times for six years, reporting from across the Middle East as Beirut bureau chief from 2012-2018. She was the 2018-19 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Since 9/11, Ms. Barnard has chronicled the human and strategic impact of America’s war policies on frontline areas from Iraq to Syria to Gaza. Her portraits of conflict and its ripple effects have taken readers deep into communities in the Middle East, Russia, Central Asia, Europe and the United States. She has spent more than a decade based in the Middle East since 2003, initially as The Boston Globe’s bureau chief in Baghdad, documenting the American invasion and occupation of Iraq; and later as Middle East bureau chief.

Jennifer Hijazi (Moderator): Jennifer is a senior reporter on the Bloomberg Law environment team, covering air pollution and climate change. She covers climate and air litigation, regulations, and environmental justice. Prior to Bloomberg, she built the climate litigation beat at E&E News after covering DC federal courts for Courthouse News Service. Her work can also be found in Scientific American, Science Magazine, Nature, E&E News, and PBS NewsHour.


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