Nezam Mahdawi

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Nezam Mahdawi
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Born1966 (age 55–56)
CitizenshipUnited States
OrganizationWatan News LLC

Nezam Mahdawi is a Palestinian- American journalist and short story writer. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of Watan News, an independent Arab American news media corporation based in the US.[1] Under Mahdawi’s leadership, Watan became one of the major Arab American newspapers that represents all parties’ perspectives instead of favoring any political party.

During his life, Mahdawi has made his own niche in the media field, as he has worked with many significant newspapers, including Al-Wattan and Al-Hadaff.[2]

Early life and education

Mahdawi was born in Kuwait in 1966. He later graduated from a USA university, acquiring a degree in Political Science.


Mahdawi started his career as a manager for Al-Muharer newspaper, Paris. After gaining substantial experience as a journalist, he decided to embark on an entrepreneurial journey.[3]

In 1991, Mahdawi released his own publication and newspaper in Washington called Watan News. Watan’s first issue was published in March 1991, under the freedom of the press in the United States. The newspaper was an early success since it was the first Arab newspaper to speak openly and without any bias through its transparent journalism and news coverage. Watan soon gained mass recognition for its unbiased coverage of Arab countries' political challenges, as well as a variety of other topics, in addition to the regular news, editorials, sports, and features published weekly in print and online modes. Mahdawi also launched the first Arab news website on the network by the year 1996, which, as of 2022 gets half-million daily visits.

In 2001, Mahdawi also started working for the Al-Jazeera channel as a correspondent in the capital Washington DC. After working for four years there, he joined the Abu Dhabi television channel and worked as the manager for its main office in Washington DC.[1]

Watan News

Watan newspaper began to expand in 1995, serving some of the major U.S. states, including New York, Texas, Chicago, Detroit, and Washington, DC, in addition to California. Watan News Media Corporation developed the Watan website in late 1996, making it one of the earliest Arab news websites on the internet. Because of its balanced coverage of many points of view from the government, opposition, and all political groups, Watan has often found itself in a precarious situation as a result of the political crisis in Arab countries.[4]

The editorial pages of Watan News are typically liberal in their position and maintain a strict profanity policy. The media outlet has been covering human rights and political stories that traditional media channels are unable to cover owing to censorship issues since its beginning. The newspaper’s content has gained recognition for presenting all parties’ perspectives without any bias upon their races, cultures, or beliefs, observing transparency in dealing with these resources.

In the media



  1. 1.0 1.1 Censorship, Index on (13 August 2013). "UAE targets Arab-American news site". Index on Censorship. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  2. Refugees, United Nations High Commissioner for. "Refworld | Freedom in the World 2014 - United Arab Emirates". Refworld. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  3. "Journalist held incommunicado, netizens arrested, censorship | Reporters without borders". RSF. 2 August 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  4. "United Arab Emirates Wants al-Watan, Arab-American Newspaper with Anaheim Office, Shut Down – OC Weekly". Retrieved 10 February 2022.

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