Talk entitled 'The Battens Come Down: How the Institutional Media Stifle Middle East Reporting'. Tim Llewellyn was the BBC Middle East correspondent based in Beirut from 1976 to 1980 and in Nicosia from 1987 to 1992. He has covered all the major stories in the Middle East in the past quarter century, including the Lebanese civil war, the Palestinian question, the Iraq-Iran war, the Iranian revolution and the Gulf War. Tim was the first reporter to break the news of the massacre at Sabra and Chatila in 1982. He is now a freelance writer and broadcaster on Middle East Affairs, living in London and contributes regularly to the Guardian. Tim is also a member of the Executive Committee of the UK-based Council for the Advancement of Arab British Understanding (CAABU). Tim offered his perspective on the current situation in the Middle East with a focus on how the Western media in particular covers the news.