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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

Sawa is going digital

Radio Sawa Levant will migrate from FM to the digital sphere on August 1, 2022. The new digital audio service will be available on RadioSawa.com with enhanced interactive and engaging features. Later, Sawa Levant will also be available on a free downloadable mobile-phone application that offers listeners a user-friendly experience, allowing them to get their trusted news, information and their favorite audio programs in a format and time that is convenient for them.

Veteran journalist James O’Shea named MBN Board Chair

The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc. (MBN) announced that James O’Shea would serve as the Chair of MBN’s board of directors. O’Shea was editor and executive vice president of the Los Angeles Times and managing editor of the Chicago Tribune, where he spent many years overseeing the Tribune’s foreign news staff. He is succeeding Amb. Karen Kornbluh, who stepped down from the board in June.

MBN wins seven medals at the New York Festivals

The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc. (MBN) won seven medals at the 2022 New York Festivals TV and Film Awards. Winners were announced at the virtual Storytellers Gala on April 26th.

Recent Awards

“We thank Alhurra channel for being with the people who are practicing their constitutional right.”

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