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Atlantic Council – Freedom of Expression in Syria: A Discussion with Mazen Darwish

April 15, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Freedom of Expression in Syria: A Discussion with Mazen Darwish


A discussion featuring:

Mazen Darwish
Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression

Moderated by:

Mirette F. Mabrouk
Deputy Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council

Freedom of expression remains severely restricted in Bashar al-Assad’s Syria. While the regime runs sophisticated media campaigns promoting its version of events and labeling enemies and dissidents as terrorists, it impedes independent news outlets. When the Syrian revolution broke out, prominent media activist Mazen Darwish began reporting on the clashes in Deraa that would later evolve into the civil war. The Syrian regime arrested him on February 16, 2012 on charges of publicizing terrorist acts. Over three years later, the regime released Darwish and later dropped all charges against him.

Please join the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East on April 15, 2016 for a discussion with Mazen Darwish on freedom of expression in Syria, and how activists work to promote independent media amid the volatility of war.


Mazen Darwish was awarded PEN’s 2014 Pinter International Writer of Courage Award and the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize in 2015.

Mirette F. Mabrouk was formerly the Associate Director for Publishing Operations at the American University in Cairo and the founding Publisher of the Daily Star Egypt (later renamed the Daily News Egypt)


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