Launched in 2005, Ma'an News Agency (MNA) publishes news around the clock in Arabic and English, and is among the most browsed websites in the Palestinian territories, with over 3 million visits per month. Considered the main source of independent news from Palestine, MNA has become the first choice for online information for many Palestinians, and is also attracting a growing international readership and interest from prominent international news organizations and agencies.
Ma’an Network is the largest independent TV, radio and online media group in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. It also broadcasts regionally via the Ma’an-Mix satellite channel.
Ma'an News Agency is an integral part of Ma'an Network, a non-profit media organization founded in 2002 to strengthen professional independent media in Palestine, build links between local, regional and international media, and consolidate freedom of expression and media pluralism as keys to promoting democracy and human rights. Ma'an Network is a partnership between independent journalists throughout Palestine, including nine local television stations and nine local radio stations. In addition to MNA, its activities include television, video, and radio production, and training courses for Palestinian journalists and media personnel.
Ma'an News Agency offers up-to-the-minute professional news reports for local, regional, and international readers, as well as feature stories, analysis, and opinion articles by a range of authors. Like Ma'an Network, MNA scrupulously maintains its editorial independence and aims to promote access to information, freedom of expression, press freedom, and media pluralism in Palestine. Through its English website, MNA strives to convey a multi-dimensional picture of life in Palestine to a global audience, and to provide a forum for Palestinians to address the international community.
MNA covers Palestinian political, economic, cultural, and sports news from all sections of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as developments in Israel. In addition to providing the latest national news stories and comprehensive local coverage, we regularly translate important items from the Hebrew press for our Arabic readers, and offer literary articles and features on topics ranging from Palestinian prisoners to economic development projects. To provide this comprehensive coverage, MNA maintains a network of trained correspondents and photographers in all the major cities in Palestine, who work in cooperation with the editors, translators, and other staff in our Bethlehem and Gaza City offices.
Recognising that people want access to the latest news in a variety of formats, MNA offers an SMS breaking news service to subscribers, allowing them to receive updates about critical events in Palestine through text messages in Arabic, English, or Hebrew. Currently we have agreements with Palestinian and Israeli mobile providers, and we hope to expand into new markets in the future. In addition, MNA provides a scrolling news bar that is displayed on Ma'an Network’s nine local TV stations.
MNA articles are accompanied by high-quality images taken by experienced photojournalists located throughout Palestine, and we offer high resolution digital photos for purchase through the Ma'an Images online portal. The Ma'an Images archive contains thousands of captivating pictures, with new images uploaded daily as our photographers continue to document political, sporting, cultural, and religious events in Palestine, as well as capturing the realities of daily life for Palestinians.
Ma'an Images clients include major news agencies like AP and Reuters, a variety of other media organizations and NGOs, and individual subscribers. Ma'an photographers regularly participate in regional workshops and exhibitions, and have won several prizes for their work, including first prize for best news series in the 2007 Israeli ‘Local Testimony’ photojournalism competition.
MNA was launched with generous funding from the Danish Representative Office to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Netherlands Representative Office to the PA, and Ma'an Network is deeply grateful to both offices for their support during MNA’s foundational period. Having established itself as the premier source of independent Palestinian news on the internet, Ma'an News Agency looks forward to serving the Palestinian and international communities for many years to come.