We’re doing what BBC, CNN and the rest of the mainstream media can’t – disrupting the global newsflow with a unique digital media about the Middle East and North Africa
”I know that my colleagues here at Human Rights Watch, my colleagues who work in journalism, policy-makers, governments all now turn to Your Middle East.”
Sarah Leah Whitson, Director Middle East & North Africa (MENA) at Human Rights Watch.
Your Middle East is a grassroots movement and an agent for positive change in the MENA region.
Through our media platform and events we connect people within and outside the region and put a spotlight on key issues shaping its future.
When you browse your daily newspaper or watch the evening news, most of what you are going to see from the Middle East has to do with violence and other forms of conflict. The region is portrayed as one with little diversity. Here at Your Middle East, we find that coverage very disturbing; it is incomplete, often biased, and lacks nuance.
Identifying problems within MENA societies where new solutions are possible, we bring together international and local actors to provide services ranging from recycling to education.
We are a Swedish non-profit organisation (full name: Your Middle East Foundation), founded by a group of people who have no direct or indirect affiliations or vested interests in the MENA region.
While we remain politically neutral, our value base is built on the UN Charter of Human Rights.
Our work is funded through a transparent network of crowd, corporate, governmental and non-governmental partnerships, donations and advertisement.
Your Middle East is a young, innovative organisation that challenges existing structures and looks for new paths with the aim to change MENA societies and the world for the better.
We’ve covered the Gaza war from the ground, visited Salafists in Cairo who invite Christian youth to their meetings, talked to Saffron retailers in Iran, met Tunisian resistance dancers, and interviewed an atheist in Saudi Arabia. In our first 24 months of operation we have published more than 20,000 articles.
Today, most traditional news organisations struggle with expensive organizations and red numbers. That’s not what we do. By engaging bloggers, activists, tweeters, and combining their stories with those of established journalists, academics, and experts, we offer a much more interesting soup than traditional media at a fraction of the cost.
Ironically, this is exactly why many of the more established publications now turn to us for stories they can’t find in the news wires or from their few correspondents. The Washington Post in the US, Austria’s Der Standard, France’s Courrier International and Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter – all leading publications in their respective country – have republished or rewritten our stories. Just to mention a few.
Get in touch!
Imran Garda: Former news anchor and host at Al Jazeera.
Ruth Marks Eglash: Middle East Correspondent at Washington Post
Sarah Leah Whitson: Executive Director Middle East and North Africa Division at Human Rights Watch.
Walid Al-Saqaf: Cyber activist and renowned scholar on censorship and new media
Charlotta Sparre: Sweden’s Ambassador to Egypt.
Naava Mashiah: CEO of M.E. Links and editor of MEDABIZ.
Ali Ansari: Professor and one of the world's leading experts on Iran.
Nathalie Besér: Journalist, analyst and Middle East expert.
Leif Stenberg: Professor and Director of CMES at Lund University.
Claes Cronstedt: Former International Partner at Baker & McKenzie.