Radio Sawa’s Web site Receives First Prize for Excellence

The Pan Arab Web Awards Academy Jury Committee awarded the Radio Sawa’s Web site ( first prize for Web site excellence in its fifth annual competition of Pan Arab Web sites. won first place in the Media-TV and Radio category which recognizes excellence in Web design and development. The criteria for the award included creativity, user friendliness, content, visual design and interactivity. The awards will be presented on April 25th, in Dubai. is an all-news Web site that is a reliable source of information and is frequently cited by other media organizations in the Middle East and the world as a source of credible news and information. The Radio Sawa Web site is distinguished among other Arabic-speaking media and press Web sites not only by the speed of reporting news and information but also by exclusive interviews and news stories conducted by a vast network of correspondents that cover the Middle East, the United States and the world. also has a dedicated Web page on Iraq where up-to-the-minute daily reports are posted on issues and concerns to the Iraqi people. Additionally, Radio Sawa’s Web site covers technology, science, health, culture and arts and sports.

Radio Sawa provides listeners with more than seven hours a day of credible and objective news and information through its 370 weekly newscasts. Radio Sawa also broadcasts feature reports on topics that are seldom covered in other radio stations in the Middle East on its programs such as “Free Zone” that discusses freedom of speech, democracy and women’s rights on a weekly basis. Radio Sawa has sought to provide its listeners with more interactive media opportunities. Through the weekly program “Ask the World Now” and the daily program “Sawa Chat,” listeners will have the opportunity to ask their questions about policy statements made by American officials and express their opinions on a different topic each day.

In addition to news and information, Radio Sawa plays a mix of Western and Arabic popular music throughout the region. Radio Sawa broadcasts on FM in Morocco, Jordan, the Palestinian Territories, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, U.A.E., Lebanon, Iraq, Sudan and Djibouti. Radio Sawa broadcasts on medium wave to Egypt, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Syria. The radio networks can be heard on

Radio Sawa is operated by the non-profit corporation “The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc.” (MBN). MBN is financed through a grant from the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent federal agency funded by the U.S. Congress. The BBG oversees MBN and acts as a firewall to protect the professional independence and integrity of the broadcasters.

The Pan Arab Awards aim to promote the innovative spirit of web designers, professional and international standards in the Arab media market, intellectual and production opportunities, an interactive community, and recognition of the work being done in Arab media.


Chams Eddin
Communications Specialist
Middle East Broadcasting Networks