The Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN)

The Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN)


Organisation Type: Private business

About Us

The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc. (MBN) is a non-profit organization that operates multimedia news platforms aimed at providing objective, accurate, and timely news to audiences in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. It is funded by the United States government through the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), an independent federal agency.

MBN was established in 2004 and has since worked to promote freedom and democracy by providing accurate news and information to people living in countries where media censorship is prevalent. MBN operates various multimedia platforms, including television channels, radio stations, and digital platforms. Some of its most well-known outlets are:

  1. Alhurra Television: A 24/7 Arabic-language news channel that broadcasts news, current affairs, and cultural programs to millions of viewers in the MENA region.
  2. Radio Sawa: A radio station that broadcasts music, news, and information in multiple languages, including Arabic, English, and French, to audiences in the Middle East and North Africa.
  3. Alhurra-Iraq: A localized version of Alhurra Television that specifically caters to Iraqi audiences.
  4. MBN Digital: A platform that includes websites, mobile apps, and social media accounts to engage with audiences through digital means.

MBN's mission is to provide an alternative source of news and information that is free from bias and censorship, which is often present in state-controlled media in the MENA region.