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Daoud Kuttab

Community Media Network

An award-winning Palestinian journalist and media activist, Daoud Kuttab is the director-general of Community Media Network (CMN), a non-profit dedicated to advancing independent media in the Middle East. CMN is registered in both Jordan and Palestine and administers Amman.net and Radio Al Balad. Amman.net, which Kuttab established in 2000, was the Arab world’s first Internet radio station. His  career in journalism began in 1980, when he started working in Palestinian print media, as well as in the audiovisual field as a documentary producer. In 1995, he co-founded the Arabic Media Internet Network (Amin.org) as a censorship-free Arab website. He founded and headed the Institute of Modern Media at Al Quds University (Jerusalem) from 1996 until 2007. Kuttab is a regular columnist for The Huffington Post, Palestine News Network, Al Arabiya.net and The Jordan Times. He has been detained by both Palestinian and Israeli authorities because of his press freedom activities and has received a number of international awards, including the IPI World Press Freedom Hero Award in 2000.

*Daoud Kuttab is an IPI member.