Doha Centre for Media Freedom

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Doha Centre for Media Freedom (DCMF)
Founded 7 December 2007
Type Non-profit organization
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 Doha Centre for Media Freedom is administered by a Board of Governors composed of 12 members from around the world and chaired by Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

Following Robert Menard’s resignation in June 2009,[2] Jan Keulen served as the centre’s General Director until he was sacked in November 2013.[3]


The centre has five programmes; emergency assistance, training, research, media literacy, and outreach.

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."[4]


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.


  1. ^ a b c Board Archived February 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Doha Centre for Media Freedom.
  2. ^ Doha media centre gets new director
  3. ^ Qatar fires director of Doha Centre for Media Freedom Doha News. 1 December 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
  4. ^ Urgent assistance for journalists in need Retrieved 24 September 2014.

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