The freedom of press and freedom of speech are essential to fulfilling the American promise of democracy. Muslim women are increasingly accessing media as a vehicle for self-representation and voice. This session will explore conventions, challenges, and solutions. Join Laila Al-Arian as she shares with us her personal journey and advice as a journalist, author, and advocate.
Laila Al-Arian is a writer and producer for Al Jazeera English in Washington DC. She helped produce the network’s Palestine Papers special in January 2011, a four-day program on the largest diplomatic leak in the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. She is the co-author, with Chris Hedges, of Collateral Damage: America’s War Against Iraqi Civilians (Nation Books, 2008).She received an M.S. degree from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2006. Her work has appeared in The Nation, Alternet, The Independent, The Guardian, The Australian, United Press International, and the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. She has also interned at USA Today.