Jordanian launches Arabic-speaking newspaper in Ohio

A Jordanian journalist on Monday launched the first edition of "Ohio Bel-Arabi" (Ohio in Arabic), an Arabic-language monthly newspaper, serving an Arab community of more than 200,000 in the 8th largest U.S. state.

The independent monthly seeks to build bridges between the Arab-American community and other communities and cultures on a solid basis of mutual understanding and respect, according to its editor-in-chief, Abdullah Mobaideen.

He further said the newspaper is aimed at addressing a growing need for information and accurate reporting covering local affairs in Ohio as well as maintaining a "link between the members of the Arab community in the state and their home countries."

The newspaper will provide information about life, laws, commercial and educational opportunities in Ohio, in addition to publishing success stories of members of the Arab community in the state, Mobaideen noted.

Additionally, "Ohio Bel-Arabi" will serve as an interactive platform serving Arab students at Ohio's universities and will help overcome the language barrier for some.

Concluding, Mobaideen said the newspaper is an individual initiative and does not receive funding from any private or public entity to ensure the delivery of unbiased content while observing the highest ethical and professional criteria.
10 February 2020