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Middle East Broadcasting Networks

MBN is an Arabic-language news organization with a weekly audience of more than 24.3 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, Baghdad, 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 16.5 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 throughout these two areas and provides more than 15 hours of news and information 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.


Alhurra-Iraq scaling back Baghdad operations, expanding elsewhere

Faced with the unstable security situation in Baghdad, serious safety concerns have forced the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN) to take immediate steps to realign its field presence in Iraq, it was announced today. MBN will be eliminating positions in Baghdad, while adding other positions throughout Iraq and in the region.

Alhurra TV short-listed for International Channel of the Year

This honor comes nearly one year after the television network launched the largest transformation in its 15-year history, completely changing the look and feel of Alhurra.

Alhurra Statement on the Alhurra Investigates Report from Aug. 31st

The Alhurra Investigates episode produced by Alhurra on August 31st, was a fair, balanced and professional report on the allegations of corruption in some institutions in Iraq. During the extensive preparations of the report over time, individuals and institutions involved were given the right of reply, which they declined. We still offer those same institutions the opportunity to reply.


Maghreb Voice named New York Festivals finalist


The Maghreb Voice’s report, “Victims of Incest in Morocco” was named as a finalist at the New York Festival’s Television and Film Awards in the category of Best Digital News-Short Report.

Alhurra Wins at the Webbys


The report entitled “Power of Forgiveness” won the People’s Voice Award in the category of Best Documentary: Shortform at the 2019 Webby Awards.  It was selected by online voting as best report in its category.

Alhurra TV wins Silver World Medal at New York Festivals Awards


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. .

“I have your number with me. Radio Sawa is the only station that allows me to talk to people. It makes people listen to me.”

Radio Sawa Iraq's "What's Your Opinion?" caller