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Middle East Broadcasting Networks

MBN is an Arabic-language news organization with a weekly audience of 27.5 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.


Sawa Radio moves to an all-news format

Sawa radio is changing formats to all-news programming starting on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The radio network targeting Iraq and the Levant will increase local news and information content to the region, in addition to simulcasting the key Alhurra Television programs to provide audiences with the most accurate and up-to-date information about the region, the U.S. and the world.

Alhurra TV shows what it is like living on $2 a day

Alhurra Television examines the economic and social challenges facing much of the Middle East and what is being done to combat it, in its new weekly program $2 (Two Dollars). The program hosts economic experts that delve into the root causes of the daily struggles facing many people in the region as they attempt to make ends meet. It will also hear firsthand from the families impacted by poverty, as they strive to maintain the basic necessities for life. Traveling across the region, $2 will focus on the policies that have led to impoverishment, considered a potential source of extremism, as well as the efforts being made to improve the lives of those most affected.

Victoria Coates joins U.S. international broadcasting as President of MBN

Michael Pack, CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), today announced that Victoria Coates will be the next President of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN). Headquartered in Springfield, Virginia, MBN is an Arabic-language news organization that reaches a weekly audience of 25.7 million people in 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa.


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 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