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ARA News (Arabic: آرانيوز)
Web address
Slogan Pulse of the north (Arabic: نبض الشمال)
Commercial? unknown
Type of site
Registration None
Available in Arabic, English[1]
Owner unknown
Created by unknown
Editor Adib Abdulmajid, Zachary Singer, Egid Ibrahim
Launched May 2013; 7 years ago (2013-05)
Alexa rank
Increase 122,084 (January 2017)[2]
Current status Active

ARA News (Arabic language: آرانيوز‎) is an online news service focussed on the consequences of war in Syria and Iraq.[3] Although described as a Kurdish news agency by its director, the site started as an Arabic-only news service and still publishes only in the Arabic and English languages.[1][4]

ARA News has been referenced hundreds of times by other news vendors, and thousands of times in social media.[5][6]

ARA News is supported by Free Press Unlimited, a media development organisation based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Free Press Unlimited mission statement is that 'People deserve to know.’ Free Press Unlimited works to ensure that impartial news and information are and remain available to people across the globe, particularly in countries where there is little to no press freedom. Free Press Unlimited has media projects in approxinmately 40 countries around the world.[7]

Ownership, identity and reliabilityEdit

ARA News is a member of the Ethical Charter for Syrian Media.[8]

Although the ownership of the ARA News is unpublished, the founder and chief editor is Adib Abdulmajid,[9] a Syrian Kurd who fled Syrian after taking part in pro-democracy activities, and sought asylum in the Netherlands.[3] Reporters and editors of ARA News are named. Most of the staff are Kurdish, some are Arabs.[1]


ARA is an abbreviation of the Kurdish Ajansa Rojnamevaniya Azad, meaning "Independent Press Agency".[10] The Arabic name (Arabic language: آرانيوز‎) is a simple transliteration of ARA News.


ARA News was founded by Adib Abdulmajid in 2013, the website's domain name having been registered in April 2013,[11] and the first news reports were published in June 2013.[4] Abdulmajid, a graduate of Damascus and Tilburg universities, believed that in Syria and its region "freedom of expression has been suppressed for decades", and he created ARA News as "a step forward towards free media" in the region.[3][9]

With the aim of developing professional journalism in Syria, in 2014 Free Press Unlimited gave training to editors, news managers and reporters from ARA News.[12]

In 2015 ARA News became one of the first 20 signatories of the Ethical Charter for Syrian Media, an "an alliance of significant independent Syrian media organisations committed to the highest standards of journalism and unimpeded freedom of speech" established under Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency sponsorship.[8][13]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Badran, Yazan; De Angelis, Enrico (1 January 2016). "'Independent' Kurdish Media in Syria". pp. 334–351. Digital object identifier:10.1163/18739865-00903001. 
  2. " Traffic, Demographics and Competitors - Alexa". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Interview Adib Abdulmajid" (in en). 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "آرا : ARA News". Internet Archive. Archived from the original on 22 June 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  5. "ARA news - Google Search". Retrieved 5 January 2017. "About 6,630 results" 
  6. " aranews - Google Search". Retrieved 5 January 2017. "About 55,600 results" 
  7. "Our mission". Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Almethaq Syria Ethical Charter for Syrian Media Alliance".!/ara-news. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Svirsky, Meira (11 May 2016). "Adib Abdulmajid: Building Free Media in War Torn Iraq & Syria". 
  10. "About us". Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  11. "Domain whois lookup". Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  12. "Developing Professional Journalism in Syria". Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  13. "Ethical Journalism for Syria Alliance". 2015. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 

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