Alhurra launched Huna America a new limited series highlighting prominent people, events and locations that helped shape America. The six-part series talks with historians and experts who shed a light on events that made the U.S. what it is today. The first episode profiles Thomas Jefferson and the role he played in being one of the Founding Fathers and author of the Declaration of Independence. It also examines the dichotomy of his stance as a staunch defender of liberty, yet he kept hundreds of slaves. Another episode takes viewers into the birth of the United States and the Constitution Convention of 1787, which led to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. A series of experts discuss why the Constitution was so important and how it held up over 200 years. The limited series also examines the Civil War and how the nation was split in two; the sacrifices that were endured and how it ultimately lead to the abolition of slavery.
Additionally, following the success of Forbidden, Alhurra’s weekly show on censorship in the arts, the network is expanding the program and renaming it Word of Truth on July 18th. Word of Truth will continue to address censorship but broaden the topics to include human rights and personal freedoms. The first few episodes will address threats against the press, marital rape and the persecution of religious minorities.
The Middle East Broadcasting Networks is a non-profit corporation is financed by the U.S. Government through a grant from USAGM. MBN operates Alhurra Television, an Arabic-language television network that broadcasts to 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa via satellite, as well as Alhurra-Iraq Television. MBN also operates Sawa, radio and its two dedicated streams, one to Iraq and the other to the Levant. It is available via FM throughout these two areas and provides more than 15 hours of news and information daily on each stream.