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The Future of Iraq: the media and public response to the Iraq Commission

A panel of experts will discuss the findings of the Iraq Commission, as well as the media and public response to these findings, in a public debate at LSE on Tuesday 24 July.

Participating in the panel debate will be: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad (Guardian), Patrick Cockburn (The Independent), Tim Finch (Refugee Council), Baroness Margaret Jay, (chair, the Iraq Commission), and Professor Mary Kaldor (Centre for the Study of Global Governance at LSE).

Krishnan Guru-Murthy, who has reported from around the world and is the main presenter of Channel 4 News at Noon, will chair this event.

The Iraq Commission is an independent, cross-party Commission set up to produce recommendations on the future of Britain's role in Iraq. Following a series of hearings, Channel 4 will air the findings in a special programme presented by Jon Snow on Saturday 14 July 2007.

This event, hosted by POLIS, will be the first public debate on the findings of the Iraq Commission. Through incorporative panel debate, it will gauge the response of the press and the public, many of whom will have already viewed the Channel 4 programme or read the report. It will ask what role the public and press have in carrying out the Commission's findings.

This will be the backdrop for a wider debate about how the conflict in Iraq has been reported and will continue to be reported, whether the media has facilitated sufficient and healthy public debate, whether the government has listened, and, ultimately, what the story of Iraq will be in the long run.

The Future of Iraq: the media and public response to the Iraq Commission is on Tuesday 24 July 2007 at 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Main Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.


To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

For more information phone Laura Kyrke-Smith on 020 7107 5249 or email polis@lse.ac.uk| 


This event is being held in partnership with Channel 4 and the Foreign Policy Centre.

Updated 16 July [posted 11 July 2007]