Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Associate Director Speaks at Conference on Central Asia Media

Dr. Tudor Vlad, the associate director of the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at the University of Georgia, was a speaker at the conference The Media Landscape in Central Asia on April 22nd, at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

The Cox International Center is the international outreach unit of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

“Evaluating media freedom and the journalists’ professional standards in Central Asia is not easy, as differences exist not only from a country to another, but also within a country,” Dr. Vlad said. “Sometimes local media do a better job than the heavily controlled national media, and sometimes print media enjoy less censorship than television. But, in sum, the media situation in Central Asia is alarming.”

The title of the presentation was The Politics and Problems of International Media Rankings: Lesson from Eurasia.

Other speakers at the conference were Luca Anceschi (University of Glasgow), Umed Babakhanov (Azia Plus), Sebastien Peyrouse (George Washington University), Myles Smith (IREX Media Sustainability Index), Richard Shafer (University of North Dakota), Stefan Kirmse (Humboldt University), Hans Ibold (Indiana University), Parviz Mulojanov (Public Committee for Democratic Processes, Dushanbe, Tajikistan), and Navbahor Imamova (Voice of America).

The moderators of the sessions were Laura Adams (Harvard University) and Peter Rollberg (George Washington University).

The coordinator of the conference was Marlene Laruelle, Director of the Central Asia Program of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies. Twenty five scholars and media experts participated in the program that was held in the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.