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March 27, 2006

by Elizabeth Potter

Ayman Safadi, editor-in-chief of Jordan newspaper Al Ghad, spoke at Baylor University about independent journalism in the Middle East.

"This gave Baylor students an opportunity to learn more about Middle Eastern conditions from a Baylor alumnus who is involved in some of the most difficult issues confronted by that part of the world," said Stephen Gardner, professor of Economics and director of the McBride Center for International Business at the Hankamer School of Business.

Safadi was among those leading the effort to gain release for Jill Carroll, the Christian Science Monitor reporter who was held hostage in Baghdad. Ayman hired Carroll at the Jordan Times when she arrived in the Middle East.

Al Ghad is the only independent newspaper in Jordan. Previously, Safadi served as the spokesman for the United Nations mission in Baghdad. Before that, he was the CEO of Jordanian Radio and Television, director of the Jordanian Royal Press Service, and editor in chief of The Jordan Times (an English language daily). He frequently appears on western television commenting on regional issues between the Middle East and the United States.

Safadi earned a Master's of International Journalism in 1992 from Baylor, where he was a Frank W. Mayborn Journalism Scholar.

Gardner, one of Safadi's professors when he attended Baylor, invited Safadi to visit the United States, where he can contribute to better understanding of the difficult situation in the Middle East. Gardner has also arranged for Safadi to speak to the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.

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