Our Press Committee is an engaging and innovative crisis subset that provides delegates with a unique opportunity to engage with our simulation by reporting live on events. As a crucial reporting mechanism between committees, members of the press explore the interests and points of view of news outlets and implicated parties, creating a lively real-time crisis.
In this year’s press committee, delegates will have the opportunity to act as representatives of international news agencies in the committee room and as agents of the press outside of the committee setting. Delegates will have the opportunity to debate issues such as freedom of speech, fake news, and the conglomeration of worldwide media outlets. Delegates will also be able to spend time in other committees where they will investigate the processes of debate, analyze developing international opinion, and express their insights through articles.
The Press background guide for 2019 will be attached soon,.
Al Manassa, Sayed Torky
Sayed Torky, investigated ISIS’s accessibility to sophisticated weapons in Egypt, executive director in chief of Al Manassa (Arabic for The Platform), an online collaborative investigative Pan-Arab, digital-first, Arabic-language news publication that emphasizes reporting that is collaborative, investigative, and sustainable.
Freelance, Kais Zriba
Kais Zriba, tunisian journalist and co-founder of inkyfada, a webzine created by journalists, graphic designers and dedicated to interviews and long-formats, investigated the death of a tunisian prison official by a member of the tunisian army,
Washington Post, Liz Sly
Liz Sly, a foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, based in Beirut, and finds herself in Syria reporting the war time and time again. Liz finds that at the war front, women's voices are the most powerful as “men are fighting this war, but women are writing it.”
Al Jazeera English, Zeina Khodr
Zeina Khodr, broadcast journalist for the Al Jazeera English channel, having worked for several news organizations, including: Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), Emirates Dubai Television, the BBC World Service, and CNN.
Guardian, Zaina Erhaim
Zaina Erhaim, a Syrian journalist, currently based in Turkey. Working with print, TV and film, she has reported on the Syrian civil war from within Syria. Erhaim is the recipient of the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism and Index on Censorship's Freedom of Expression Journalism Award. She has contributed to The Economist, The Guardian, Newsweek, Middle East Eye, Orient TV, Al-Hayat and Syria-News.
Time, Rania Abouzeid
Rania Abouzeid, has reported out of the Middle East for the past decade, covering the second Iraq war and the Syrian civil war while reporting for Time Magazine, The New Yorker and Al Jazeera America.
New York Times, Ben Hubbard
Ben Hubbard is a Middle East correspondent for the New York Times. An Arabic speaker with more than a decade in the Middle East, he has covered coups, civil wars, protests, jihadist groups, rotten fish as cuisine, religion and pop culture from more than a dozen countries including Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt and Yemen.
Halimiz, Tulin Daloglu
Tulin Daloglu, covers Turkish politics as well as the Syrian conflict since 2011. Tulin’s reports offer a first-hand view as she regularly travels to borders, streets and anywhere she can to offer an eyewitness report. Publisher and chief editor of Halimiz, a turkish weekly magazine.
Haaretz, Gideon Levy
English edition of Israel's moderate national daily, published in Tel Aviv in association with the International Herald Tribune. The longest running newspaper currently in print in Israel, and is now published in both Hebrew and English in the Berliner format. The English edition is published and sold together with the International New York Times.
Associated Press, Michael Hudson
Hudson, who shared the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting for his work on the groundbreaking Panama Papers project, joins AP from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. As AP’s global investigations editor based in New York, Hudson will guide a team of reporters, editors and data journalists worldwide who have consistently produced impactful and award-winning work, such as the 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation that exposed labor abuses in the fishing industry in Southeast Asia.
Xinhua, Li Xia
As the newest addition to the MEDMUN Committee list, the NGO Committee provides the opportunity for delegates to take the role of Nongovernmental Organizations from around the world. Delegates will be given the opportunity to both debate topics relevant to NGOs and act as these NGOs in other committees. In this capacity, delegates will be able to contribute to debate, and offer donations from the NGO’s operating budget to the resolutions which seem most relevant to and supportive of the NGO.
The NGO Committee background guide will be available soon.