MBN’s networks provide accurate and objective news and information including in Iraq and Syria which are at the heart of the ISIL crisis. Their team of courageous professionals are actively reporting on the devastating impact of the extremist group and measures to counter it.
Stories resonate with audiences as made clear through the networks’ online engagement. Nearly 150,000 users read or shared an item on ISIL funding. A piece about ISIL recruiting people through the Internet solicited nearly 1,000 Facebook comments.
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MBN also provides original reporting and interactive posts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as integrating social media within on-air broadcasts. In this way, MBN is broadening the conversation on issues such as free speech, freedom of religion and human rights.
MBN brands include Alhurra Television, Alhurra-Iraq Television, Radio Sawa, and Afia Darfur along with Alhurra.com and RadioSawa.com. With contributions from reporters on-the-ground, MBN produces programming at its headquarters in Northern Virginia, and in Washington, D.C., Baghdad, Dubai, Beirut, Cairo and Jerusalem. MBN is funded through, and operates under, a grant agreement with the BBG.
Alhurra and Radio Sawa are regularly cited in the Arabic press, increasing the impact of the networks’ unique brand of objective and accurate news. For example, Radio Sawa’s interview with the Kuwaiti Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs on Iran’s role in fighting ISIL was quoted by Alwasat, Al Nahar, and Kuwait News. Alhurra’s interview with the Libyan Prime Minister was quoted in scores of media outlets including Yahoo Maktoob, Al Arab, Akhbar Libya, Al Ahram, and Al Youm.