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MBN is an Arabic-language news organization with a weekly audience of more than 24.7 million people in 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, countries Freedom House deemed “not free” or “partly free” in 2017. MBN networks support democratic values by expanding the spectrum of ideas in the region and engaging audiences to share perspectives.

MBN consists of two television networks (Alhurra and Alhurra-Iraq); Radio Sawa; Afia Darfur; Alhurra.com; RadioSawa.com; Irfaasawtak.com; Maghreb Voices and various social media platforms. The networks broadcast news and information from their headquarters in Northern Virginia, along with bureaus in Cairo, Dubai, Jerusalem, Beirut, Erbil, Rabat, Baghdad, and Washington, D.C. MBN 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 is a 24/7 Arabic-language television network that provides news and analysis to more than 17 million viewers each week. Its in-depth discussion programs provide points of view from throughout the region and the U.S.

Radio Sawa attracts young audiences by playing contemporary Arabic and Western music with news and information programs. It is one of the most popular radio stations in the countries where it can be heard on FM.

Tackling topics not found in other media outlets, Alhurra and Radio Sawa 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 the BBG.


Alhurra opens the door to free speech and freedom of expression

Alhurra Television enhances its roster of programs that encourage critical thinking, honest dialogue and analytic debate with two new shows, Islam Hurr (Arabic for “Free Islam”) and Forbidden.

Alhurra brings the midterm elections to the Middle East

Alhurra’s correspondents report from across the country bringing up-to-the-minute news from some of the most highly contested states up for grabs in the midterm elections.

A new and revitalized Alhurra TV launches across the Middle East

Alhurra Television reveals its new look and feel that will offer viewers new programs and more than double the number of newscasts per day from studios outside of Washington, D.C. and Dubai.

Alhurra television and USIP host a conference in Tunisia on human dignity

The conference in Tunis on human dignity will discuss the concept as it relates to conflict prevention.

Special coverage of the Iraqi parliamentary election on MBN

Alhurra-Iraq, Radio Sawa, and MBN Digital provided live and comprehensive coverage of the first Iraqi parliamentary election since the defeat of ISIS, Saturday, May 12, from its studios in Virginia and Baghdad. The coverage, entitled Iraq Elects, started at 7:00 a.m. Baghdad time as Iraqis headed to polling stations, and continued for 16 hours.


Alhurra TV wins Silver World Medal at New York Festivals Awards

Silver World Medal, New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards(2018)

Alhurra Television’s promotional video for the acclaimed series Exiting ISIS won the Silver Medal for Best Promotional Program at the 2018 New York Festival International Television and Film Awards. Exiting ISIS is a documentary series that interviews defectors who provide first-hand accounts revealing the extremist group’s entrenched culture of deception, intimidation, cruelty, drugs, and sexual abuse. .

Episode of Alhurra’s “Almajalla” wins at AIBs

AIBs, Video: Best Arts and Culture category, Association for International Broadcasting (AIB)(2017)

Alhurra’s weekly feature program Almajalla was named the Best Arts and Culture program at the annual AIB Awards ceremony. The award-winning episode featured a profile of Syrian artist Mohamed Hafez, who told his story of creating art that represents his feeling towards his home country. Almajalla beat out 4 other nominees shortlisted in the category from the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), CNN Worldwide, Germany’s Deutsche Welle (DW), and Russia’s RT. Sponsored by the Association for International Broadcasting, the AIBs are an international award for factual video, audio and interactive productions. 2017 marks the 13th year of these independent, influential and respected awards. The ceremony was held in London on November 1.

MBN wins best Information/Documentary report for honoring heroes

Gold Medal Information/Documentary, Heroes, New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards(2017)

Radio Sawa’s report profiles a group of courageous women who stood up to ISIS in Syria, took home the Gold Medal at the 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards.

Radio Sawa correspondent honored at the Multicultural Correspondents Dinner

International Journalist of the Year, Vote It Loud(2017)

Tunisian-American broadcaster Lamia Rezgui

Radio Sawa documentary shortlisted for AIB award

Association for International Broadcasting Awards, Shortlist, Association for International Broadcasting (AIB)(2016)

“The Landmine Man,” a report produced by the Middle East Broadcasting Networks’ Radio Sawa was shortlisted in the Best Radio Journalism category at the 2016 Association for International Broadcasting’s (AIB) annual awards. “The Landmine Man” profiles an Iraqi man who lost both of his legs in a landmine explosion 22 years ago. Despite his circumstances, he has since dedicated himself to going along the borders of Iran and Iraq searching and removing landmines.


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