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Orient XXI

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4 rue Poinsot, 75014 Paris
4 allée Fallot, 92290 Châtenay-Malabry
75014 Paris
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Non-Governmental Organization
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General Information: 

Set up in 2013, Orient XXI is a French webzine focused on the Maghreb/Machreq region (http://orientxxi.info/). It has an editorial board of around 12 people, 2 of whom are paid; the others being volunteers. Its contributions appear in French, Arabic and some in English. It currently attracts 200.000 unique visitors per month. Readership abroad has almost doubled in six months. The vast majority of its funds come from its readers. Its budget amounts to about 80,000 Euros each year.
Orient XXI organises conferences and workshops. During the first six months of this year three meetings were held, one on migration in Rabat (May 2016), the second in Tunis (May 2016) on how a political event is handled by journalists on both sides of the Mediterranean and the last one in Marseilles (June 2016) enabling interaction between young Mediterranean journalists.
Orient XXI has started to establish partnerships with other media groups (Jadaliyya, Al Jadid al Arabi, Mediapart). Its ambition is to give the Mediterranean region and beyond a renewed image in France.

Mission and Objectives: 

Arab revolutions have open up new areas of expression and new horizons. They have enabled the Western world to discover other parts of reality, which had by and large remained “invisible”, in particular an invigorated, motivated youth. However, the European media coverage of this “area” remains incomplete and sometimes biased. Its sole approach is based on the “confrontation between secular people, islamists and terrorists”. Orient XXI is convinced that the large Arabic and Muslim area deserves a different media treatment and believes that the analytical framework used for the rest of the world should apply also to Arab and Muslim societies. Journalists, young people, researchers, historians, diplomats, writers, etc. on both sides of the Mediterranean have the possibility to make known their views in Orient XXI.

Main Projects / Activities: 

Apart from publishing articles in French, Orient XXI is developing its Arabic section set up a few months ago. This latest addition is increasingly appreciated in France and abroad. Orient XXI is also in the process of proposing a section for young people where short articles on topical issues will be published on a regular basis (“what is colonisation ? What France is doing in Syria ?, etc.)

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?: 

As stated earlier we have useful partnerships with international media. We are more than willing to play our part in France. As far as this country is concerned, our ambition is to contribute to the development of a space for a media network that would be also a symbolic place for a different press.

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?: 

Media is communication. The Anna Lindt foundation has a strong and well-functioning network of organisations. To get involved in this network will surely serve our interests and our ambition to build relationships with media across the Euro-Mediterranean area.