Middle East Broadcasting Networks

MBN is an Arabic-language news organization with a weekly audience of more than 27.5 million people in 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, countries Freedom House deemed “not free” or “partly free” in 2016. MBN networks support democratic values by expanding the spectrum of ideas in the region and engaging audiences to share perspectives.

MBN consists of two television networks (Alhurra and Alhurra-Iraq); Radio Sawa; Afia Darfur; Alhurra.com; RadioSawa.com; Irfaasawtak.com and various social media platforms. The networks broadcast news and information from  their headquarters in Northern Virginia, along with bureaus in Cairo, Dubai, Jerusalem, Beirut, Erbil, Rabat, Baghdad,  and Washington, DC. MBN 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 is a 24/7 Arabic-language television network that provides news and analysis to more than 17 million viewers each week.  Its in-depth discussion programs provide points of view from throughout the region and the U.S.

Radio Sawa attracts young audiences by playing contemporary Arabic and Western music with news and information programs. It is one of the most popular radio stations in the countries where it can be heard on FM.

Tackling topics not found in other media outlets, Alhurra and Radio Sawa 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 the BBG.


Alhurra celebrates women’s achievements with new “Sit B’Mit Ragel” season

The third season of the program, Arabic for ‘A Lady is Worth 100 Men,’ will premiere on Saturday, October 14 at 10:00 p.m. (Cairo time) and follows four young Egyptian women over a nine-episode series.

Alhurra debuts a new documentary on fighting extremism with comedy

Alhurra Television is debuting an original documentary, Laughter in the Time of Terrorism, which tells the story of Arab satirists who are using humor to fight one of the most dangerous organizations in the world, ISIS.

Alhurra and Radio Sawa cover the Kurdish referendum

From the announcement that there would be a Kurdish referendum for independence to the press conference confirming the final vote tally, MBN was on hand to provide the latest news on the referendum, as well as reaction from throughout Iraq and the world.

The first transatlantic forum on strategic communications and digital disinformation

Join the Atlantic Council for a high-level conference in DC featuring panels, and including MBN President Amb. Alberto Fernandez, on the transatlantic response to disinformation and the way forward in strategic communications.

Alhurra.com opens the door for independent voices in the Middle East

Alhurra Television’s all-news website, Alhurra.com, has commissioned some of the most noted and outspoken authors to be a part of the newly created op-ed section of the website, “From A Different Angle.”


MBN wins best Information/Documentary report for honoring heroes

Gold Medal Information/Documentary, Heroes, New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards (2017)

Radio Sawa’s report profiles a group of courageous women who stood up to ISIS in Syria, took home the Gold Medal at the 2017 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards.

Radio Sawa correspondent honored at the Multicultural Correspondents Dinner

International Journalist of the Year, Vote It Loud (2017)

Tunisian-American broadcaster Lamia Rezgui

Radio Sawa documentary shortlisted for AIB award

Association for International Broadcasting Awards, Shortlist, Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) (2016)

“The Landmine Man,” a report produced by the Middle East Broadcasting Networks’ Radio Sawa was shortlisted in the Best Radio Journalism category at the 2016 Association for International Broadcasting’s (AIB) annual awards.

Alhurra’s “Delusional Paradise” wins silver at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards

Current Affairs, Human Concerns & Social Issue Silver Award, Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards (2016)

MBN’s documentary series Delusional Paradise won the Silver Award at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards. The winning episode, “Arraqah Screams…I Am Not Daesh,” won in the category of Best Current Affairs, Human Concerns & Social Issues documentary.

Alhurra TV promo wins bronze at New York Festivals

Bronze medal, Best Promotional Program category, New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards (2016)

The promotional video for the critically acclaimed series Delusional Paradise won the honor at the International Television & Film Awards.



“Alhurra’s talented team of journalists has provided a great service to the region by delivering accurate, unbiased news reporting, and giving a voice to the voiceless.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry