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We challenge mainstream media with a network of bloggers, journalists, activists, and experts. Help us: www.yourmiddleeast.com
Your Middle East .com
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”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.”

Those are words from Sarah Leah Whitson, Director of the Middle East and North Africa division at the respected watchdog Human Rights Watch. So what is it exactly that Sarah feels so strongly about?


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.

We recognize the tremendous challenges facing many of these countries, and we cover those issues on a daily basis, but there is also a need to broaden the perspective. As Riz Khan points out in the video above, “We need to humanize news a bit more.”

Your Middle East is completely independent – no strings attached to any external interests. We are here to break borders and stereotypes, by helping the world better understand the reality of life in the Middle East.

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 18 months of operation we have published almost 15,000 articles.


We are a young, fast moving, grassroots media organization – “cutting edge” to use the words of leading Middle East scholar Joshua Landis – with a rapidly expanding network of more than 200 contributors.

Browse through our network here!
We have managed to make a global impact through contributors like;

  • Atiaf Zaid Alwazir, also known on Twitter as @WomanfromYemen
  • Ayat Mneina, founder of the Libyan Youth Movement
  • David B. Roberts, Director of RUSI Qatar
  • Hamid Naficy, Professor of Radio-Television-Film at Northwestern University
  • Lama Younis, Saudi Forensic Psychologist and Criminologist
  • Lina Ben Mhenni, Tunisian activist, blogger, and teacher at Tunis University
  • Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou, Head of MENA Program at the Geneva Center for Security Policy
  • Ruwayda Mustafah Rabar, Kurdish journalist and commentator
  • Saeed Ghasseminejad, Director of the Iranian Center for liberalism studies
  • Shams Ahsan, Managing Editor at Saudi Gazette
  • Vidar Helgesen, Secretary-General of International IDEA
  • Shatha al-Harazi, recipient of the Vital Voices Global Leadership Award

Today, most traditional news companies struggle with expensive organizations and red numbers. That’s not what we want to 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.


Your Middle East is still in its infancy. Challenging the existing global news reporting is an arduous task that requires a great deal of resources. So far, the people behind the project have financed it with their own savings. We haven’t used any income for salaries.

Now we need your support to reach the next level, expanding our coverage and continue telling these important stories. Our traffic is growing fast, which means that we also need to develop the technical platform to be able to serve tens of thousands readers every day.

If we reach the goal of $50,000, we’ll be able to do the following:

  • Double our output in the coming six months
  • Get more bloggers, journalists, activists, and experts involved
  • Improve our technical platform
  • Make the website more user-friendly, dynamic and fun – for YOU!

So please, help us change the way news is reported from the Middle East. If you are unable to contribute with funds, we appreciate any form of support. If you like what we do, help us by:

  • Share this campaign with your friends on social media.
  • Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and join our social media network of over 30,000 from all corners of the globe.
  • Visit www.yourmiddleeast.com
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  • $10USD
    Thank You!

    Your name is added under the list of supporters on our new Thank You page, visible to millions of people around the world forever. We’ll send a digital badge that you can share with friends to show how you support independent media in the Middle East.

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  • $25USD
    Join Us!

    Become part of the editorial process! We’ll send you a ”secret” email address to which you can send a story pitch. But wait, there’s more; send us an image from the Middle East – if we like it, it’ll be shared under your name with our social media community of over 30,000 followers. Plus your name as a Supporter on our Thank You page

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    Silver Sponsor

    It’s getting big now; your name will be highlighted as a Silver Sponsor in the Thank You-section. You’re leaving an eternal imprint with a global independent media machine.

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  • $75USD
    Yasmine Hamdan + Silver

    We love music here at Your Middle East. And supporting both emerging and established artists is something we do regularly through interviews. Yasmine Hamdan is the femme fatale of Arab music, and we have 20 editions of her brand new solo album to give away! Plus your name as a Silver sponsor on our Thank You page.

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  • $100USD
    Gold Sponsor

    Your name/logo will be clearly visible on the Thank You page under the headline Gold sponsors. We will also dedicate a story in your name; you’ll get a chance to pick the one you wish to support. Yeah, that’s right. You’ll be the one making sure we continue telling important stories. A tagline will read “Published with the support of…”

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  • $250USD
    Fashion + Gold Sponsor

    You just helped change global news reporting, and now you can show it! We’ll send a limited edition t-shirt, specially designed by our friend the cartoonist. You’ll be one of only 20 people in the world with this piece of fashion history. We’ll set up a Skype or Google+ chat to discuss stories you think we need to cover in the Middle East. Get a sense of what it means to explore a story, and be an integral part of our active community. Plus your name/logo as a Gold sponsor on our Thank You page.

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  • $500USD
    Join the Conversation

    Bring a surprise! One of the founders of Your Middle East will speak - via Skype/Google+/phone – with your company, organization, family, friends, community, university, or school about our work and/or the need to transform media coverage of regions such as the Middle East. Or we could provide your audience with an up-to-date verbal regional newsflash, you got the power! Plus your name/logo as a Gold sponsor on our Thank You page.

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  • $3,000USD
    Use the Network

    You’ll get 20 hours of our highly skilled staff and network’s time at your disposal. Would you like us to put together a sponsored editorial special report or perhaps compile a small research paper on an issue relating to the Middle East? It’s up to you. Plus your name/logo as a Gold sponsor on our Thank You page.

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  • $5,000USD

    You’ll get premium ad space for one month on the home page of YourMiddleEast.com, reaching at least 100,000 people across the globe. Your brand can now be part of the movement! Plus your name/logo as a Gold sponsor on our Thank You page.

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  • $7,000USD
    Use the Founders

    One of the founders will fly to visit your event, wherever it may be in the world, to talk about the future of the media industry and why mainstream outlets must broaden their coverage of regions like the Middle East. Plus your name/logo as a Gold sponsor on our Thank You page.

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  • $10,000USD
    Founding Sponsor

    Founding Sponsor. Your logo OR name will be put highly visible at the bottom of all pages on Your Middle East. Forever. What does this mean? Well, you get exposure to millions of readers globally. Take the leap and take a stance – you won’t regret it.

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