Coverage in Context brings together journalists and academics of the Middle East region to foster cross-contributions among these two fields and to inform public discussion of issues pertaining to the Middle East.
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 that matter. Muftah launched in May 2010 to provide English-speaking audiences with incisive analysis on countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that eschewed the Western media’s focus on terrorism, oil, and Islamism, and highlighted the complex factors that shape and influence regional countries and populations. Since then, we have extended our coverage to Central Asia and Eastern Europe, and plan to keep expanding to other parts of the globe that are similarly misunderstood and misrepresented by mainstream media outlets.