The first European online newspaper in Arabic by refugees and for refugees
Abwab (“abwab” means “doors” in Arabic) is a cultural, social, political, independent monthly newspaper that addresses the needs and concerns of Syrian, Iraqi and other Arabic-speaking refugees and newcomers in Germany.
Its online edition abwab.eu was launched in May 2016, mostly edited by refugees for refugees in Germany. Since then, a number of German journalists have joined the team. This is why abwab.eu has now become an online newspaper “by refugees and locals for refugees and locals”.
abwab.eu is a non-partisan website that has no political or religious affiliation and rejects extremism and intolerance in all its forms.
Editor-in-chief of abwab.eu since August 2017 is Souad Abbas, Syrian journalist and international law expert. She is assisted by online editor Ousama Ismail. Publisher of abwab.eu is Federica Gaida, director of New German Media Ltd.
abwab.eu 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;
- 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;
- an adamant and relentless advocate of the principles of dignity, freedom, democracy, citizenship, justice and equality.
Abwab publishing standards:
- Objectivity and credibility, accuracy and balance.
- The articles published reflect the views of the authors, not necessarily the opinion of ABWAB.
- We refrain from publishing any material that contains incitement to violence and hatred.
- We refrain from publishing articles that include insults or undocumented accusations 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.
- We refrain from publishing pictures of dead bodies that harm the sanctity of the dead.
- We refrain from publishing pictures of people in abusive situations or humiliating to human dignity.