Daoud Kuttab

founder and director Community Media Network

Daoud Kuttab is a former Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University (2007-2008). While at Princeton he taught a seminar on new media in the Arab world. Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist and media activist.

Born in Jerusalem in 1955, Kuttab studied in the United States and has been working in journalism since 1980. He worked in the Arabic print media (Al Fajr, Al Quds and Assinara) before moving to the audio-visual field. He established and presided over the Jerusalem Film Institute in the 1990s. In 1995 he helped establish the Arabic Media Internet Network, a censorship free Arab website. He established and headed from 1996 to 2008 the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University. He then resigned to focus on Community Media Network, an Arab media NGO registered in Jordan and Palestine.

Kuttab is active in media freedom efforts in the Middle East. He is an award-winning journalist and TV producer. Community Media Network includes Radio al Balad, a community radio station broadcasting on 92.4 FM in Amman Jordan, AmmanNet.net and PEN Media, a media NGO that has been contracted to produce 52 new episodes of Shara’a Simsim, the Palestinian version of Sesame Street.

He is also head of the press freedom committee in the board of the International Press Institute.

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