Media and Democracy

SANSAD Public Forum with David Barsamian

April 15, 2012
2.00 pm-5.00 pm
Room 1700, SFU Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

David Barsamian is the founder and director of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly audio series based in Boulder, Colorado, a nationally syndicated program carried by 125 radio stations.

He has interviewed and authored books with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Eqbal Ahmad, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. His best-selling books with Chomsky have been translated into many languages. His latest books are How the World Works and What We Say Goes (both with Noam Chomsky) and Targeting Iran. David’s interviews and articles appear in The Progressive, Z and other publications.

Barsamian is winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes.

Barsamian, who had visited India many times in the last 40 years, reporting on conditions, learning Urdu and playing sitar, was deported on arrival in New Delhi on September 23, 2011 and prevented from carrying out scheduled interviews in regard to the  thousands of recently discovered unmarked graves in Kashmir and with Dr. Binayak Sen, who had been imprisoned for years as a Maoist-sympathizer for rendering medical assistance to insurgents in India’s tribal areas.

David Barsamian will discuss world affairs, the economic crisis and global rebellions, the state of journalism, and censorship.

For further information contact Chin Banerjee: 604-421-6752.

Co-sponsored by Committee of Progressive Pakistani Canadians (CPPC) and Progressive Nepali Forum in Americas (PNEFA).