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Roula Mekhael

Maharat Foundation
Executive Director
Roula Mikhael is the Executive Director of Maharat Foundation and a journalist. Maharat Foundation is a Lebanese Watchdog organization leading advocacy actions to reform media laws in Lebanon. Since its establishment, Maharat has formed an in depth practical oriented training program targeting journalists, journalism students and activists in order to build their capacities on media and Human Rights, built partnership with media faculties and established a media monitoring unit. Maharat has a regional exchange and capacity building program related to human rights, media development and internet freedom. Mikhael has an MA in journalism from Paris II University and a BA in journalism from Lebanese University. She has a 17 years experience of journalism in Annahar one of the leading newspapers in Lebanon. Under the leadership of Mikhael, Maharat launched a News website Maharat-news serving as a new model of non partisan journalism. Mikhael is IFEX Council deputy convener for the mandate 2015-2017.