A group of free-minded bloggers, journalists, activists and creators, we are dispersed throughout the Middle East, North Africa and the rest of the world. Keen on perpetuating the spirit of the Arab Spring, we confront both oppressive autocrats and religious zealots with audacious reporting, candid whistle-blowing… and ferocious derision ;)… Read More
“Democracy, Secularism, Fun”— that’s our motto. We fight authoritarianism and corruption, advocate free elections and open government, and champion individual freedoms—from religious to sexual. As for the ‘fun’ part… it’s just us :) Intellectual curiosity, creativity, and humor are the staples of the “Free Arabs” generation. Join the club!… Read More
Launched with financial support from a small group of independent Arab journalists, Free Arabs is—and vows to remain—totally independent of any government or political party, group or institution. We do not—and will not—pursue any other agenda than defending Freedom and advancing our core values: Democracy, Secularism… and uninhibited creativity!
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A group of free-minded bloggers, journalists, activists and creators, we are dispersed throughout the Middle East, North Africa and the rest of the world. Keen on perpetuating the spirit of the Arab Spring, we confront both oppressive autocrats and religious zealots with audacious reporting, candid whistle-blowing… and ferocious derision ;)
The wave of grassroots protests commonly known as the Arab Spring, which overthrew 3 dictators and challenged autocratic regimes all across the Middle East, was sparked by a new generation of Arab citizens: young, democratic, secular, and Internet-savvy activists. That’s us.
Yet, as revolutions have succeeded or recessed across the region, we, Arab young seculars, have lost much ground. We still face resilient autocratic governments, who crush us whenever they have a chance. And we also face Islamist movements, who—let’s face it—are better organized, and more appealing to the masses than we have ever been.
Both Arab old-guard elites and the Islamists have deep pockets, wide support networks, and massive media artillery. We, by contrast, have only… Facebook and Twitter (which, by the way, they too know how to use.)
The time has come to do something about this.
The goal of this project is to provide us, democratic- and secular-minded Arabs with a global platform, a digital haven for speaking out and reaching out to global constituencies, while building ties and developing a strong network among us.
Concretely? We join forces to publish original and powerful multimedia content, one that is consistent with our shared editorial line.
Wanna join the club? Mar7aba! Submit your contribution (text, image, audio or video) here.