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LSE hosts debate on global civil society, communication and the media

Do global and regional connections help or hinder democracy? A diverse panel of speakers from the BBC, the Institute for Cultural Action, Liberty, University of Pennsylvania and University of Westminster will discuss global civil society, communication and the media in a public debate at LSE on Thursday 1 February.

Global civil society is using different forms of communication to spread democracy and promote human rights around the world. New spaces for debate - on web-based forums, alternative media, satellite television and other channels of communication - have been created. But to what extent do these realms enable greater citizen engagement in decision-making? How important are global or regional links among civil society organisations and individuals in catalysing or deepening democracy? Should civil society actors seek to influence debates and democracy in other countries?

Speakers from North and South will consider the complex relationship between global civil society, communication and democracy in both authoritarian and democratic contexts. Invited speakers include:

  • Miguel Darcy de Oliveira, director, Institute for Cultural Action
  • David Chandler, professor of international relations, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster
  • Shami Chakrabarti, director, Liberty
  • Hosam El Sokkari, head of the BBC Arabic service [updated 31 Jan]
  • Monroe Price, director, Project for Global Communications Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Chair: Mary Kaldor, director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at LSE, will chair this event.

Do global and regional connections help or hinder democracy? Global civil society, communication and the media is on Thursday 1 February at 6.30-8pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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

Updated 31 January 2007 [posted 26 January 2007]

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