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  Ma’an News Agency


Ma'an News Agency (Ma'an means 'together' in Arabic) is a Palestinian on-line News agency that publishes up-to-the-minute news in Arabic, English, and Hebrew.  Ma'an News Agency (MNA) began operation in December of 2004 and is one of the main projects of the Ma'an Network which was established in 2002 as a non-governmental organization that aims to improve local Palestinian media production. 

Ma'an Network (Ma'an) is composed of nine independent TV stations and production studios located in each major city of the West Bank and Gaza.  Ma'an is dedicated to promoting understanding of the Palestinian situation by strengthening cooperation between local and international media.  The network shares a vision of fomenting democracy and freedom of thought and ideas in Palestine.  It uses both technical and academic expertise in achieving these goals as strives towards sustainable development and human rights for the Palestinian people. 

Ma'an News Agency initiative is funded by both the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, http://www.minbuza.nl/ and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Danish International Development Assistance (DANIDA), http://www.um.dk/da

Ma'an News Agency Commitments-

1. To supply 24-hour news, for free, in Arabic, en, and Hebrew for local, regional, and international readers and media professionals. 

2. To produce news items on political, social, economic, cultural, and sports events.  Our on-line News agency reports the facts and delivers high quality pictures.

MNA is known for being reliable, objective, accurate, balanced, and informed.

Ma'an News Agency Objectives-

1.    to offer to the Palestinian and international communities independent and professional Palestinian news;

2.    to promote democracy in Palestine through media, freedom of exNewsion, freedom of the News, and pluralism of the media;

3.    to increase Palestinian media credibility in the international scene by producing objective and professional news;

Ma'an News Agency Offices and Staff-

MNA has two offices: the main office is located in Bethlehem with a sub-office in Gaza City.  The Bethlehem office employs the equivalent of 31 full-time employees (six of which are administration) while the Gaza office has seven.  MNA employs a total of 14 reporting correspondents that work throughout Palestine: 12 in the West Bank and 2 in Gaza.  Sixteen hired photographers work under MNA: 12 in the West Bank, 2 in Gaza, and 2 in Israel.  All writers, reporters, and photographers work under the Chief Editor Nasser Laham. 

Mr. Laham worked as chief editor for Al Arabi Magazine as well as two local TV stations in Bethlehem.  He was previously a correspondent for the Lebanese satellite channel NBN, the Radio of Qatar, and the Iran News Agency.  Currently he also performs as the key anchor of a popular daily TV news program broadcasted on the Ma'an Network TV Stations, which translates every day at 8pm the Hebrew evening news into Arabic.

Ma'an News was founded by Mr. Raed Othman.  Mr. Othman worked for ten years as the head of the Bethlehem T.V. and is now the General Manager of the Ma'an Network.  He is also currently the General Director of the Ma'an News Agency.   

Local TV partners

1) Al- Amal TV - Hebron
TV Director : Moutaz Al-Kurdi.
Telephone : 02 2255552/3
Fax : 02 2255554
Email : motaz@maannet.org
Website : www.alamal-tv.org

2) Al-Salam TV - Tulkarem
TV Director : Issa Ashkar
Telephone : 09 2671992
Fax : 09 2671992
Email : ashqar@maannet.org
Website : www.alsalamtv.net

3) Al-Nour TV - Jericho
TV Director: Abd Al- Salam Ismail
Telephone: 2324141/2/3
Fax: 2324155
Email: abed@maannet.org

4) Pase TV - Nablus
TV Director: Mouhamad Ghassan Al Munyer.
Telephone: 09 2339091
Fax: 09 2374458
Email: mghassan@maannet.org

5) Al-Quds educational TV - Ramallah
TV Director : Ayman Bardawil
Telephone : 02 2959273/4
Fax : 02 2959275
Email : ayman@maannet.org
Website : www.alquds-tv.org

6) Bethlehem TV - Bethlehem
TV Director : Sameeh Sbeih.
Telephone : 02 2745258, 02 2747726
Fax : 02 2766655
Email : sameeh@maannet.org
Website : www.bethlehem-tv.com

7) Farah TV - Jenin,
TV Director : Fathi Natour.
Telephone : 04 2505021
Fax : 04 2505020
Email : fathi@maannet.org
Website : www.jeninnews.com

8) Nablus TV - Nablus,
TV Director : Saleem Swedan
Telephone : 09 2336555
Fax : 09 2385964
Email : saleem@maannet.org
Website : www.nablustv.net

9) Qalqilia TV – Qalqilia,
TV Director : Tarek Jbarah
Telephone : 09 2940135
Fax : 09 2942888
Email : tariq@maannet.org

Ma'an News Agency Addresses:

            Main Office, Bethlehem
            Al-Majd Building, 4th floor
            Al-Karkafa Street, Bethlehem
            Tel: 2760085/6
            Fax: 2760088
            Email: info@maannet.org

            Sub-Office, Gaza City
            Ma'an News Agency
            Shawa & Hussari Building, Wahda Street
            10th floor, flat # 3
            Tel. #: 08 2825011
            Fax #: 08 2835178