Satellite television and the internet have broken Arab governments' stranglehold on information, forcing regimes to react in order to control a growing channel for organised dissent.
Acclaimed former ABC journalist David Hardaker explores how the 'new media' in the Middle East is changing Arab politics and what local regimes are trying to do to stop it- The Lowy Institute for International Policy
David Hardaker was appointed Middle East correspondent in 2006.
As a senior reporter and presenter David Hardaker has covered the biggest domestic and international stories for the ABC.
He has worked on a number of the ABCâ€™s flagship television programs, from Four Corners to The 7.30 Report to Foreign Correspondent. On radio David has been reporter, presenter and executive producer on the networkâ€™s daily current affairs programmes, AM, PM and The World Today.
In 2004 he won a Walkley award for exposing a three decades long cover-up of sexual abuse by the Jesuit religious order in Australia, and in 2006 a Walkley Award for Radio Current Affairs Reporting - 'The Israeli Wars'. He is also a three times Walkley award finalist and has broken a number of major national stories. His most recent award was a gold world medal in the 2007 New York Festivals for his story on Turkish writer and Nobel Prize winner, Orhan Pamuk.
David joined the ABC after working at the Nine Networkâ€™s â€œ60 Minutesâ€ program where he specialised in investigations.
David was born in Australia but has a special passion for languages and speaks Arabic, French, German and Italian.