To really understand the world, we need to hear from different people with different perspectives. Unfortunately, though, conventional media sources in the West often fail to provide an array of diverse viewpoints. Women, minorities, and other marginalized groups in particular continue to be underrepresented in bylines across the industry. In the process, those seeking credible, reliable, quality information are being short-changed.
Muftah is dedicated to transforming this situation by producing original content from diverse individuals about global events.
In recent years, no other part of the world has been as negatively affected by the lack of diversity in Western journalism as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Wars have been encouraged and prejudices have been inflamed thanks, in part, to mainstream media outlets that have failed to include diverse voices and opinions.
Muftah launched in May 2010 to push back against these trends and provide English-speaking audiences with incisive analysis on MENA countries, eschewing Western media’s focus on terrorism, oil, and Islamism, and, instead, highlighting the complex factors that shape and influence regional countries and populations.
From the start, Muftah has fostered debate about issues relating to the MENA region by working with a large and eclectic group of writers that include academics, practitioners, activists, and members of diaspora communities. These individuals are experts in their field and bring insight and understanding to regional issues.
But, it is not just coverage of the Middle East and North Africa that often lacks diverse perspectives. Muftah is, therefore, expanding its work to other parts of the globe. As with the MENA region, we are dedicated to bringing together individuals with substantial subject matter expertise to provide analysis on countries that are too often ignored or misrepresented by the mainstream media. We are also dedicated to ensuring our writers and editors represent the diversity of the world we live in. Good journalism demands no less.
While we are committed to free speech, we do abide by certain red lines. First, we will not publish pieces that advocate violence, war, occupation, or racial, ethnic, or religious discrimination. Second, we are solidly pro-Palestinian and will not publish pieces that are contrary to this perspective.