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Middle East Broadcasting Networks

MBN is an Arabic-language news organization with a weekly audience of 31.1 million people in 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Freedom House deemed 21 of these countries to be “not free” or “partly free” in 2018. MBN networks expand the spectrum of ideas, opinions and perspectives in the region and engaging audiences to share perspectives.

MBN consists of two television networks (Alhurra and Alhurra-Iraq); Sawa radio; Alhurra.com; RadioSawa.com; Irfaasawtak.com; MaghrebVoices.com; ElSaha.com and various social media platforms. The networks broadcast news and information from their headquarters in Northern Virginia, along with bureaus and production centers in Cairo, Dubai, Jerusalem, Beirut, Erbil, Rabat, and Washington, D.C. MBN also has correspondents throughout the Middle East and North Africa. MBN’s networks provide an undistorted line of communication with the people of the Middle East and North Africa.

Alhurra and Alhurra-Iraq are 24/7 Arabic-language television networks that provide news and analysis to more than 17.5 million viewers each week. Its in-depth discussion programs provide points of view from throughout the region and the U.S.

Sawa radio has two dedicated streams, one to Iraq and the other to the Levant. It is available via FM and MW throughout the region and broadcasts a wide range of newscasts, discussion programs and call-in shows daily on each stream.

Tackling topics not found in other media outlets, Alhurra and Sawa radio are connecting with Arab audiences. They are regularly cited for their trustworthy news and have been recognized with numerous awards for their on-air content.

MBN Digital provides original reporting and interactive posts on Facebook and integration within on-air broadcasts. Primetime newscasts and current affairs programs incorporate social media into their daily lineups.

Together, these networks deliver accurate and objective information on the region, American policies and Americana with a broad range of perspectives and an open dialogue on issues of importance to the audience.

MBN operates under a grant from USAGM.

Recent Press Releases

MBN wins seven medals at the New York Festivals

The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc. (MBN) won seven medals at the 2022 New York Festivals TV and Film Awards. Winners were announced at the virtual Storytellers Gala on April 26th.

MBN nominated for 11 New York Festival Awards

The shortlist for the 2022 New York Festivals TV and Film and the 2022 New York Festival Radio Awards were announced and 11 of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc.’s (MBN) entries were selected. MBN’s digital team led the way with five reports, followed by three entries from creative services, two episodes of the podcast “Chapters” and an Alhurra Investigates two-part report. MBN’s submissions that were shortlisted include:

Sawa marks 20 years with the launch of Sawa Sudan

Sawa radio celebrates 20 years on the air and commences on a new chapter with the launch of Sawa Sudan. The Arabic-language news and information network begins its broadcasts to Sudan today, March 22nd, with programs dedicated to Sudanese people and the challenges they are facing. Sawa will broadcast 20-hours per day, while four hours will be dedicated to VOA’s English-language programs targeting Sudan.

Recent Awards

“Alhurra’s coverage of Daesh has changed my thinking…I thought Daesh was good…but I’ve seen now the execution and murder. So that changed my thinking about Daesh.”

Syrian refugee