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Kareem Sakka

In its 8th year, Raseef22 has gone from a blog to a widely read Pan Arab website reaching 100,000 users daily. Facing challenges on all fronts, not least of which is the migration of Arabic readers to foreign media to find leisurely reading and the resulting weak Journalism landscape dominated by state media and party politics agendas. Surviving requires constant innovation.

Our 8th year was particularly challenging. In addition to the standard challenges faced by journalists and the outbreak of Coronavirus, the Beirut Port blast and the financial collapse presented unprecedented hurdles. 

Across the region, we witnessed an array of violations on public and personal rights, all in the name of the “national interest”, which our dictators define as suits them. The Pegasus scandal exposed wiretapping and surveillance on journalists via Israeli software, marking yet another violation of our rights and citizenship.