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Human Rights Need the Media

Deutsche Welle

DW transmits in 30 languages.

Many young people in the Arab world are chasing away dictators, fighting for freedom, and expanding their nascent democracy. For Deutsche Welle (DW), the Arabic-speaking world has always been one of its main target areas.

Since 2002, the countries between Morocco and Oman have been among DW‘s core regions. At that time, it was the first European foreign station to start an Arabic TV channel. At the same time, DW expanded its radio broadcast, which had already existed for decades, to the Internet as well. DW‘s long-standing presence in the region underscores the organization‘s deep knowledge of the current political situation. Many people know and appreciate DW‘s coverage as reliable, independent and credible. Beyond the day-to-day news, people in the Arab world seek a German and European point of view. With its distinctive international voice, DW often contributes to world public opinion. In addition, the DW Academy provides media assistance and training to the region as part of the German government‘s development support.

Markus Loening

»To accompany the continuing restructuring process in the Arab world it is important that public debates take place. This competition of ideas and political opinions must be reflected in the media!«

Markus Löning, Delegate of the Federal Government for Human Rights and Humanitarian Help


JOURNAL in Arabic.

Global weight thanks to foreign stations

On television, radio and the Internet, DW reports intensely on the civil society processes in the Arab world -- in all of its languages. After all, people in China, Myanmar, Iran, Latin America, and large parts of Africa are also interested in how people in the Middle East have taken control of their own fate. DW and other international stations reflect the events and give them global weight.

The Social media also has a growing role, as it became a communications tool for protest movements, and simultaneously, sometimes, as a source for reliable, breaking news. DW also uses Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as channels for distributing its material. A few weeks after the authoritarian regime ended in Tunisia, DW entered into new agreements with Tunisian partner stations: Hannibal TV and the state broadcasting network, »Télévision Tunisienne.« These networks re-broadcast DW‘s informative programs, and also receive continuous journalistic and technical training.

Appropriately, »Human rights and globalization – Challenge for the media« was the theme of the  2011 Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn. The conference hosted a myriad of guests from 100 countries, including social scientists, politicians, activists, NGO representatives, and journalists who came together to exchange experiences and highlight possible solutions.

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Deutsche Welle is Germany‘s international broadcaster. It produces television and radio programming and Internet content in 30 different languages for viewers, listeners and users around the globe. In addition it trains media professionals from developing and transition countries.

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