Washington, D.C. — Faced with the unstable security situation in Baghdad, serious safety concerns have forced the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) to take immediate steps to realign its field presence in Iraq, it was announced today. MBN will be eliminating positions in Baghdad, while adding other positions throughout Iraq and in the region.
“MBN remains committed to reporting ‘the truth first’ and maintaining and strengthening the Alhurra-Iraq television network, Sawa Radio-Iraq and MBN’s digital coverage of Iraq, upon which our audience has come to rely,” stated MBN President Amb. Alberto Fernandez. “Our comprehensive coverage of Iraq will continue without interruption. MBN will proceed with plans to expand original content and new programs on Alhurra-Iraq in the near future.”
MBN stated that it looks forward to further review of its Baghdad field operations when the security situation has improved and when independent journalism by Iraqi citizens can be fully practiced there without fear and threats.
MBN is non-profit corporate media outlet financed by the U.S. government through a grant from U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), an independent federal agency. The USAGM serves as a firewall to protect the professional independence and integrity of the broadcasters.
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Contact Deirdre Kline
Director of Communications, Alhurra Television, Radio Sawa