Doha Centre for Media Freedom
|Founded||December 7, 2007|
|Focus||Press freedom, emergency assistance to journalists, media literacy|
|Area served||Qatar, Middle East, and the world|
The Doha Centre for Media Freedom (DCMF) is a non-profit organization working for press freedom and quality journalism in Qatar, the Middle East, and the world. It was formally created on December 7, 2007 by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, and opened in October 2008 in Doha, Qatar.
The board members are: Alaa Al Aswany, Jassim Marzouq Boodai, Paulo Coelho, Burhan Ghalioun, Lilli Gruber, Mohsen Marzouk, Miguel Ángel Moratinos Cuyaubé, Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, Allister Sparks, Shashi Tharoor, and Dominique de Villepin.
The centre also has an Advisory Council of 10 members. They are: Nasser Al Othman, José Luis Arnaut, Daniel Barenboim, Ethan Bronner, Chris Cramer, Mia Farrow, Fehmi Koru, and Gracia Machel. Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari, Qatar’s minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage currently chairs the Advisory Council.
According to the centre’s official website, the Emergency Assistance programme “provides direct support, within its means, to journalists who urgently need help, as a result of their work. The EA team assists professional journalists to find sustainable solutions to continue reporting as quickly as possible, with advice, publicity and/or financial means."
The centre’s official website is available in English, Arabic, and French. In addition to covering the centre’s activities, the website is regularly updated with breaking news and investigative features about journalism, media development, and press freedom advocacy around the world.
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