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Middle East Broadcasting Networks

MBN is an Arabic-language news organization with a weekly audience of 27.4 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

Alhurra provides extensive coverage of the 2022 U.S. Midterm Elections

Alhurra plans more than 30 hours of coverage starting on Tuesday, Nov. 8th, to bring information about the U.S. midterm elections to audiences across the Middle East and North Africa. Correspondents will be live from 10 states, interviewing voters about the issues most important to them.

Debatable hosts a special series from across the region

Alhurra Television’s award-winning program Debatable is leaving the studio and embarking on a multi-country tour during a 10-episode special series. Each week on Debatable, Egyptian journalist and host Ibrahim Issa debates radical and distorted interpretations of Islam with notable scholars. By taking the show outside the studio, it will enable the program to engage with citizens and promote critical thinking.

Alhurra’s AR production wins Silver at Cannes

Alhurra Television’s augmented reality production depicting the impending environmental disaster of the Safer oil tanker off the Yemeni coast was presented with the Silver Medal at the 2022 Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards today. It won in the Environmental, Ecology and Sustainability category.

Recent Awards

“I want you to know we are not part of Daesh…You ask us to share our stories, I have thousands of stories, but I have been waiting for someone that will listen.”

Woman in Mosul, Iraq

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