Founded in December 2003, Middle East Transparent (or « Shaffaf » for “Transparent”) has been the voice of reformist and liberal currents in the Middle East, spreading the message of secularism, of democratic values and Human Rights and of Arab-Israeli reconciliation.
Metransparent was the first website to choose the trilingual (Arabic, English and French) formula in order to serve as a bridge and as a discussion forum between middle eastern elites and between such elites and their counterparts in the U.S. and Europe.
Since its foundation, METransparent enjoyed the support of the most prominent reformers in the Arab region, in particular the late Gamal Banna, Judge Mohamed Saiid Ashmawy and Lafif Lakhdar.
Contributors to Middle East Transparent mostly live in their native countries, which gives credence to the website’s claim of being a voice of liberal and secularist elites in a region spreading from Saudi Arabia to the Maghreb and even to Iran, Turkey and Pakistan.
It should be noted that METransparent spontaneously become the forum for national and religious minorities often deprived of their full citizenship rights.
Adhering to a strict editorial and independence, Middle East Transparent has been a distinctive name in a region where almost every media is controlled (and, often, handsomely financed) by governments and regimes.
The following 2006 interview with the website’s editor, Pierre Akel, could be a good introduction to Middle East Transparent:
No Red Lines : Interview With Editor in Chief of the Reformist Website Metransparent.com
Pierre Akel, Founder, Editor in chief
Pierre Akel founded the website in 2003 hoping to give a voice to the democracy in the Middle East. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wajdi Daher- Beirut
Wajdi was one of the first contributor of our website and he is now a big part of our team. You can reach him at email@example.com
S. Samy- Cairo
Sami has wrote many articles for us and he manages our authors in Egypt. You can reach him a firstname.lastname@example.org
Fakher Sultan- Kuwait
Fakher works with us from Kuwait. You can reach him at email@example.com
Sarah Akel, Magazine
She works with our authors all over the middle east to create our beautiful magazine section. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Christilla Moustier- Religious Minorities
Christilla learned arabic by herself 7 years ago and she is now in charge of our articles about religious minorities. You can reach her at email@example.com
Metransparent (Shaffaf) welcomes contributions in any of its three languages.
Please send articles to: firstname.lastname@example.org