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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

Opening America to audiences across the Middle East

The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc. (MBN) is launching three new projects that showcase America and Americana to audiences across the Middle East and North Africa.

Alhurra Brings People Together to Overcome Stereotypes

Alhurra Television’s latest program looks to teardown stereotypes regarding women. Each week Together will feature one woman based in the Middle East/North Africa region or the U.S., who has made extraordinary achievements in her life. Whether working in a male-dominated industry or being at the top of her field. Together will focus on how she got there and the people that supported her during her journey.

Alhurra TV focuses on Sudan with new program

Starting on Saturday, Dec. 25th, Alhurra Television will launch Between Two Niles, a new show that highlights the latest news from Sudan. The program will delve into discussions and analysis of the political, economic, security, and social implications of the most prominent news events that occur each week, by interviewing leading politicians, activists, and journalists to share their perspectives and insights. The weekly program will also explore international reaction, including the American stance on issues regarding Sudan including the transition to democracy and the role of the military.

Recent Awards

“I was surprised how Alhurra TV addressed this issue in a daring way … Alhurra TV shows the truth as seen by the people.”

Alhurra-Iraq viewer

Following the airing of an episode of Raise Your Voice’s Your Question about corruption, extremism and terrorism