Convening 27 October 2015
Radicalism, Censorship and Dialogue in the Muslim Media and Societies

Rome, 27 October 2015
Sala Aldo Moro – Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale
Piazzale della Farnesina 1 – Rome

9.00-9.50 Registration

9.30 Welcome coffee

10.00 Welcome Address

Armando Barucco, Giuseppe Perrone | Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
Giancarlo Bosetti | Director, Reset-DoC

10.15: Opening

Olivier Roy | European University Institute
The Communication Strategy of the “Islamic State”

Session 1

The Islamic State’s Image in the Arab Media
Analysis of the Arab media environment will be sustained by a parallel comparative study of what happens in the Western context.

Fawaz Gerges | The London School of Economics
Differences and similarities: a comparison between Al Qaeda and IS media apparatus

Ursula Lindsey | The Arabist blog
Violence and ridicule: Responding to the savage spectacles of the Islamic State

Donatella Della Ratta | University of Copenhagen
The Islamic State’s Image in the Arab Media

Chair: Francesca Corrao | LUISS Guido Carli University of Rome


Session 2

The Iranian media apparatus caught between the regime’s censorship and the creativity of start-ups
The development of social media in Iran, which characterized President Hassan Rouhani’s rise to power, and the innovation brought by the arrival of 3G and 4G still clash with the government censorship.

Gholam Khiabany | Goldsmiths, University of London

Antonello Sacchetti | Contributor, Arab Media Report
Iran’s digital media landscape

Roberto Toscano | Former Italian Ambassador to Teheran

Chair: Azzurra Meringolo | Arab Media Report


13.30- 14.30 Buffet lunch

Session 3
14.30- 16.00

The Turkish media’s evolution from battlefield to soft power
Even though Turkey, a country bridging Europe and the East, produces successful soap-operas for the Arab audience, showing the country’s wealthy and attractive face, during the last fifteen years pluralist reforms in this country have been combined with intimidating threats to the freedom of press.

Marco Ansaldo | Journalist, La Repubblica

Joshua D. Hendrick | Loyola University Maryland
The politicization of Turkey’s domestic media landscape

Mustafa Akyol | Turkish Writer and Journalist
How Majoritarianism Crushes Media Freedom

Skype call with:
Marwan Kraidy, The Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
“From Neo-Ottoman Cool to Neo-Ottoman Kitsch: The Rise (and Fall?) of Turkey in Arab Media Space.”

Stefano Manservisi  | Head of cabinet of the high representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy-Vice President of the Commission
Turkey in Europe: the door is still open?

Chair: Lea Nocera | University of Naples L’Orientale and Contributor, Arab Media Report

The conference will be held in English
Registration is compulsory. Please register at the following address:


An Event organized with a contribution by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation