The refugee influx into Europe – but also Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey – has created a crisis of epic proportions, as hundreds of thousands of people flee their conflict-ridden countries in the pursuit of safety and a better life. Are media outlets providing readers and viewers with accurate and sufficient background information to a story that involves issues as diverse as religion, national identity and security? How do they treat the question of “migrant” vs. “refugee”, terms that are often used interchangeably, but, if used incorrectly, can greatly influence society’s reactions to the crisis?
Join the debate on this most complex of news stories during an important panel discussion at the IPI World Congress on Monday, 21 March.
|MEET OUR PANELLISTS|
|Mohammed Jamjoom, Senior Correspondent, Al Jazeera English, Qatar
Mohammed Jamjoom is a senior correspondent for Al Jazeera English, based in Doha, Qatar. Since joining the network in 2015, he has reported from numerous countries on a multitude of international stories. He has also extensively covered Middle Eastern issues from various countries throughout the region, including Yemen, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Oman, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. Prior to joining Al Jazeera English, Jamjoom was an international correspondent for CNN, based first in Abu Dhabi and then in Beirut.
|Sulome Anderson, Contributing Writer, New York magazine, Lebanon
Sulome Anderson is a journalist and writer for New York magazine, based in New York City and Beirut. A graduate of the Columbia Journalism School, she regularly reports feature stories for other publications, including The Atlantic, VICE and Foreign Policy. Her goal is to write about people living under extreme circumstances, instead of focusing on the conflicts themselves. Anderson has covered subjects ranging from Syrian refugee child brides to an ISIS presence in Lebanon, and has also worked in Egypt and Turkey, where she reported on anti-government protests.
|Giles Duley, Independent Documentary Photographer and Photojournalist, UK
Giles Duley began his career as a music photographer before moving on to document the work of NGOs and people affected by conflict. In 2011, he lost both legs and an arm after stepping on a bomb in Afghanistan while on a photo assignment. Nevertheless, Duley was back at work less than 18 months later and returned to Afghanistan. In 2015, he started working on a long-term project for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees documenting the refugee crisis across Europe and the Middle East.
|İpek Yezdani, Senior Foreign News Correspondent, Hürriyet, Turkey
İpek Yezdani has worked for the past 18 years as a journalist covering international news in various Turkish and international media outlets, including Hürriyet, Milliyet, Cumhuriyet, Associated Press, BBC and McClatchy. She received her master’s degree in International Journalism from City University London and her BA in Radio, Television and Cinema from Marmara University in Istanbul. Since 2011, Yezdani has served as the senior diplomatic and foreign news correspondent for Hürriyet and the English-language Hürriyet Daily News.