The first European website in Arabic, written by refugees and for refugees
abwab.eu ( Abwab – “Doors”) is a cultural, social, political, independent website, that addresses the needs and concerns of Syrian, Iraqi and other Arabic-speaking refugees and newcomers in Europe.
abwab.eu is a non-partisan website that has no political or religious affiliation and rejects extremism and intolerance in all its forms.
abwab.eu aims to be: a loud voice against prejudice, hate and abuse; a free platform to discuss ideas, opinions and concerns and to practice criticism and self-criticism; a door to effective understanding between native European communities and refugees; an open platform of dialogue with communities hostile to refugees; a means to spread knowledge on European laws, norms and legal codes; an introduction to the rights of refugees and an instrument in support of movements who defend those rights and the rights of all minorities; an adamant and relentless advocate of the principles of dignity, freedom, democracy, citizenship, justice and equality.
abwab.eu stems from the monthly print edition first released in Germany in December 2015. The newspaper currently circulates in over 65,000 copies a month in 400 locations all across Germany.
Country-specific websites dedicated to Arabic-speaking refugee communities in single European countries, first among which abwab.de, will soon be released by New European Media and be published alongside the general abwab.eu website.
Key articles will be regularly translated in different European languages in an effort to open doors to understanding and to spur effective dialogue between native communities and refugee communities.
abwab.eu is linked to a 15 thousand likes strong Facebook page.
Editor-in-chief of abwab.eu is Ramy Al-Asheq, Syrian-Palestinian poet, writer and columnist.
The publisher of abwab.eu is Federica Gaida, director of New European Media Ltd.
Abwab aims to be:
- a loud voice to contrast prejudice, hate and abuse;
- a free platform to discuss ideas, opinions and concerns and to practice criticism and self-criticism;
- a door to effective understanding between native European communities and newcomers;
- an open platform of dialogue even with communities who are hostile to refugees;
- a means to spread knowledge on European laws, norms and legal codes;
- an introduction to the rights of refugees and an instrument in support of movements who defend those rights and the rights of all minorities;
- an adamant and relentless advocate of the principles of dignity, freedom, democracy, citizenship, justice and equality.
- Objectivity and credibility, accuracy and balance.
- Complete separation between the newspaper’s opinion and the opinion of the writer, and the distinction between news and opinion.
- Abwab refrains from publishing any material that contains incitement to violence and hatred against any human group.
- Abwab refrains from publishing articles that include directing abuse or insults or undocumented accusations, or obscene comments to any person or group in regards to nationality, ethnicity, religion or beliefs, physical or mental health, education, gender or marital status, origin, political orientation or affiliation or intellectual or religious beliefs. Abwab also rejects racial, religious, sectarian and ideological discrimination and discrimination against women and all other forms of discrimination.
- The articles published by single bloggers reflect the views of the authors, not necessarily the opinion of ABWAB. ABWAB does not necessarily endorse any of the views or trends or suggestions published, but only those published by the editorial board.
- The newspaper will publish comments or replies to the published materials, on the conditions that they comply to standards of objectivity and professionalism and do not amount to personal abuse of the author or the website. ABWAB encourages free intellectual dialogue as long as no party claims access to absolute truth.
- ABWAB refrains from publishing pictures of dead bodies that harm the sanctity of the dead.
- ABWAB refrains from publishing pictures of women and children and men in abusive situations or humiliating to human dignity.