Project

Almostajad Podcast

In its first season, Almostajad will focus on the COVID-19 crisis and will transition into a weekly explanatory news show in later seasons. Its goal is to engage audiences in the Middle East and North Africa in a deep and thoughtful way, listening to people’s stories and learning how their lives are impacted by world events.

Almostajad will provide content that is independent, fact-checked and offers a critical alternative to state-owned and traditional media in the region. It will report about coronavirus in a nuanced manner, uncovering realities often dismissed or shied away from by the mainstream media, including systemic issues of power, control, racism, mental health, economic inequality, vulnerable communities, and the role of technology.

Sowt is the producer and publisher of Almostajad. The team collaborates closely with independent media in the Middle East and North Africa, including the Febrayer Network, a consortium of media outlets that includes 7iber (Jordan), Mada Masr (Egypt), Al Jumhuriya (Syria), Megaphone (Lebanon) and Ma3azef (regional). It also works with independent media such as Thmanyah (Saudi Arabia) and al Sekka (Oman) to expand its coverage to places that are not typically covered.

How Coronavirus Changed the Lebanese Revolution

In this episode of Almostajad, we meet Lebanese journalists John Qassir and Diana Muqalled. They discuss the impact of the coronavirus and lockdown on the revolution and how the Lebanese government used this time to create even stricter policies. We also listen to protestors who describe the changing trajectory of the uprising.

Middle East Children and the ‘Corona Monster’

Like elsewhere in the world, the COVID-19 pandemic places extra pressure on parents in the Middle East to be teachers to their children at home, while also balancing long and demanding hours of work.