Founded in April 2014, Middle East Eye is an independently funded digital news organisation covering stories from the Middle East and North Africa, as well as related content from beyond the region.
Its unique coverage offers on-the-ground news, comment and analysis that brings local viewpoints to the fore. Reporters are encouraged to read between the lines and take stories one step further rather than simply follow the official narrative.
Although headquartered in London, MEE’s coverage is driven by scores of journalists and freelance correspondents, opinion writers and analysts from across the Middle East and North Africa. Its US team includes reporters in New York and Washington. It also has a bureau based in Jerusalem and French-language digital platforms.
In 2019, MEE launched Discover, MEE’s reinvigorated features strand, which casts a fresh eye on the region through arts, culture, lifestyle and travel, including original video. It was highly commended as Best Lifestyle/Leisure News Site at The Drum Online Media Awards 2020.
MEE often sets the news agenda for the region, with its stories often followed up by other media. Its reports have also been referenced by international bodies including the International Criminal Court, United Nations agencies, NATO and the European Parliament; by NGOs such as Oxfam, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch; and by think tanks including Chatham House, RUSI and Brookings NFP.
Several journalists have been recognised for their writing for MEE. They include Daniel Hilton for his reporting from Libya (Amnesty Media Awards, Written News category); Maha Hussaini for her reporting from Gaza (the Martin Adler Prize, awarded by the Rory Peck Trust); Shatha Hammad for her coverage of the West Bank (the One World Media New Voice Award); and Peter Oborne for his opinion pieces (best blogging/commentary Drum Awards).
Where to find Middle East Eye
Aside from the website, Middle East Eye also has a social media presence: