The Middle East Broadcasting Network’s Alhurra Investigates focuses on China’s Belt and Road Initiative in its latest two-part series airing Sept. 18th and 25th. The episodes examine China’s efforts to grow as an economic power in the Middle East and around the world. The investigative program delves into China’s stated goals of the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as some of the subsequent consequences including creating enormous debt for countries that are borrowing from China and extending China’s political influence far beyond its borders. The Alhurra Investigates series incorporated reports and interviews from RFE/RL and RFA.
“This is such an important story for our audiences in the Middle East. China’s influence in the region is severely underreported, in part due to their economic investments in the region,” stated MBN Acting President Hassan Shwiki. MBN manages and oversees Alhurra Television. “We are fortunate to be able to incorporate some of the excellent work from the other USAGM entities and look forward to more collaboration moving forward.”
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.