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News Agencies
Middle East

Emirates News Agency (WAM)

The Emirates News Agency, (WAM) WakalatAnba'a al Emarat, was established in November 1976 by decree of the Minister of Information and Culture of the United Arab Emirates. Transmission of its Arabic language service commenced on 18 June, 1977 and its English language service began in December 1978.

Bahrain News Agency (BNA)

The Bahrain News Agency (BNA) is an extension to the Information Affairs Authority (IAA) that was established in Riyadh 1967. Originally named Gulf News Agency, the news agency’s first official broadcast was on 1 April, 1978. The agency joined with the Ministry of Information in 1985 and changed its name to Bahrain News Agency in 2003.

Qatar News Agency (QNA)

Qatar News Agency (QNA) is the first Arab news agency dedicated to covering the Gulf region and is only one of Qatar's achievements in the field of information. QNA follows up and publishes news and activities of both private and government sectors, and highlights the country's achievements in all domestic and international spheres.

Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)

The Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) was founded according to an amiri decree issued on 6 Oct., 1979. The goals of the agency were specified as gathering news and distributing it to individuals and media institutions to provide them with objective news services, and to focus on Kuwait's just causes both regionally and internationally.

Oman News Agency (ONA)

Established in 1997, ONA is the official news channel of the Sultanate. ONA receives daily news and reports from various parts of the world and appropriately reproduces the information throughout its network to media outlets both within the Sultanate and abroad.

Iran Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)

Iran Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) is the news agency of Iran and is governmentally funded and controlled by the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. The agency has 60 offices in Iran and 30 other locations in various countries around the world. (Source Wikipedia)

Saudi Press Agency (SPA)

The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) was established in 1390 h / 1971 as the first national news agency. The main goal of the establishment is to serve as a central body to distribute local and international news within the kingdom and abroad. It is an important channel for current developments and events for Saudi citizens and international viewers.

North Africa

Arab Press Agency

Arab Press Agency news organization aims to provide the news differently – by finding the in-depth story behind the events and issues that interest to Arab readers. The agency’s headquarters is in Cairo. The Arab Press Agency is ambitious with its services in order to deliver quality news to the largest number of Arab readers.

Algeria Presse Service (APS)

Algeria Press Service (APS) was created on 1 Dec., 1961 in Tunis, and was transferred to Algiers after independence. APS has covered the relevant politics, economy, culture, and sports for the entire national territory since 1 Jan., 2009.

Maghreb Arab Press (MAP)

Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) was founded 31 May, 1959 by Mehdi Bennouna in Rabat. MAP offers international services in five languages: Arabic, English, French, Spanish and Amazigh; and covers political, economic, cultural, sports, regional and world news.

Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP)

Tunis AfriquePresse (TAP) was founded 1 Jan., 1961 and consists of 300 agents, which includes photographers, researchers, journalists, and a network of correspondents covering each region of the country. MAP reports national news in Arabic, French, and English. (Source Wikipedia)

Levant

Jordan News Agency (PETRA)

Jordan News Agency (PETRA) has witnessed significant technical and professional developments since its establishment in 1969 as an independent body linked to the Ministry of Information. The mission of PETRA is to "achieve the goals of the Jordanian media by covering and transmitting news both inside and outside of Jordan through proper technical means."

National News Agency (NNA)

The National News Agency (NNA) of Lebanon operates under the country’s Ministry of Information and covers pertinent news to the Lebanese people. The agency covers education, culture, law, economy, politics, sports, regional and international news. The coverage appears in English, Arabic, and French.

Palestine News & Information Agency (WAFA)

Palestine News & Information Agency (WAFA) provides daily news from Palestine and the Middle East; it covers political, economic, domestic, international, and sports news. It is available in English, Arabic, French, and Hebrew making it a major source of information over current events for those regions. (Source Wikipedia)