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Alhurra.com opens the door for independent voices in the Middle East
Alhurra Television’s all-news Arabic-language 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,” includes commentary by featured writers who are journalists, intellectuals and human rights advocates from across the Middle East and the U.S.
As an American network, we are in the unique position where independent voices, reformers and liberal thinkers can share their thoughts and ideas freely, without censorship or government interference,“As an American network, we are in the unique position where independent voices, reformers and liberal thinkers can share their thoughts and ideas freely, without censorship or government interference,” stated MBN President Amb. Alberto Fernandez. MBN manages and oversees Alhurra and Radio Sawa. “This is something that can be rare to find in the region and is just the first step in bringing these important voices to MBN.”
Contributors to the op-ed section include former Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya host Hafiz Mirazi, former Syrian Minister of Culture Raid Ismat, Jordanian journalist Malik Athamneh, journalist and writer Hussain Abdul Hussain, Hudson Institute’s Sam Tadros, Iraqi writer and analyst Nibras Kazimi, Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Dr. Matthew Levitt, and Syrian author Colette Bahna. Topics covered will range from politics and religion to arts and culture.
“From A Different Angle” will also include short video commentaries from a variety of American foreign policy experts who discuss op-eds that they have written in the Western press.
The columns will also appear on Alhurra’s Facebook page, providing an opportunity for readers to share their opinions and openly discuss the ideas brought forward by the authors.
The Middle East Broadcasting Networks is a non-profit corporation is financed by the U.S. Government through a grant from the BBG.
MBN operates Alhurra Television, an Arabic-language television network that broadcasts to 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa via satellite, as well as Alhurra-Iraq Television. MBN also operates Radio Sawa, an Arabic-language radio network that broadcasts music and news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with more than 370 newscasts per week.
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Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and author. He covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).
Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com, and for TheArabDailyNews.com, and TheDailyHookah.com.
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.
His Facebook Page is Facebook.com/rghanania
Email him at: RGHanania@gmail.com
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