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Alumni Lecture Series: Reporting the Beirut Blast in German Media

12 May 2021 | 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Reporting the Beirut Blast in German Media: Between Western Stereotypes and Local Pressures

Foreign news coverage is often accused of stereotypical and biased reporting. Yet, journalists have the difficult task of maneuvering between the research conditions provided in their host countries and expectations of their editors and audiences in the home country. Last year’s gigantic explosion in the port of Beirut is one of the events that led to controversial interpretations of its reasons, effects, and political circumstances and thus resulted in very different news media coverage. 

In the second edition of the digital AGYA Alumni Lecture Series, AGYA Alumnae Dr. Carola Richter (Freie Universität Berlin)  and Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury  (Aarlborg University) will welcome Christoph Reuter, journalist for the German news magazine DER SPIEGEL and long-term correspondent on the Middle East. He will give insights into his journalistic work and reports on the reasons and responsibilities for the explosion. Furthermore, Christoph Reuter will share how he deals with biases, expectations, and conditions on the ground. After his input talk, the floor will be open for discussion about media coverage of conflicts in the MENA region in general.

About Christoph Reuter 

Christoph Reuter studied Islamic Studies and Arabic before becoming a journalist. From 2002-2011 he was a reporter for STERN magazine, located in Baghdad and Kabul. Since 2012, he is the Beirut-based correspondent of DER SPIEGEL, reporting from Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon. His book “The Islamic State and the strategists of terror” (2015) received the prize for best non-fictional book of the German radio station NDR Kultur. 

About the Alumni Lecture Series

In this digital lecture series, AGYA Alumni invite inspiring international high-profile speakers from various backgrounds including policymakers, award-winning experts, public intellectuals, and artists for talks and discussions on current topics of interest. The organizers aim to provide valuable insights into a variety of interesting educational, political, and cultural fields in the Arab world and Germany, thus stimulating further research and collaboration within and beyond AGYA. 

Date, Time & Venue

12 May 2021, 6:00 – 07:30 pm (CET) 

Online and via livestream



Contact & Registration

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