AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA)
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Type of site
|Official News Agency|
|Available in||فارسی, العربیه, اردو, Türkçe, English, Español, Français, 汉语, Russian, Deutsch, বাংলা, Azeri, Latin, Cyrillic, Indonesian, Hindi, Swahili, Melayu, Bosnian, Myanmar, Hausa, Bengali, Sorani, Kurmanji, Portuguese, Japanese|
|Owner||Ahl Al-Bayt World Assembly|
|Alexa rank||64,724 (Global, April/2018) 2,546 (Iran, April/2018)|
|Launched||March 15th, 2005|
AhlulBayt News Agency abbreviated ABNA is an Iranian online news aggregator based in Qom. It was launched on March 15, 2005, by authorities of the Ahl Al-Bayt World Assembly. Its coverage includes issues concerning Shiite communities in Asia, Africa, Europe, America and other parts of the world. It gained a lot of following during the Arab spring therefore was banned in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain for casting news about regional protests.
In the year 2005, to tackle with the problem of mass media covering Shiite communities in an unfair way, it was the secretary General of the Ahl Al-Bayt World Assembly who recognized that in order to fight this one-sidedness there should be an exclusive website that can fully dedicate its time and energy to make sure all Shiite communities remain aware of the developments around them. To help, under-reported communities rise, in that year, the first form of a primary Shia news outlet came into existence under the name Shianews.
In the summer of 2006, with an optimistic vision, the website received a professional management team to introduce it in a new interface which was more fitting and easy-to-use. At this point, more domains were also assigned for the site.
In August 2007 a new phase was kicked off due to the amount of attention the website gained, making it one of the most famous Shiite news websites on the net. At this moment, Shianews changed both its domain and title to AhlolBayt News Agency and Abna24.com, managing to speak to a wider range of visitors from some Arab and western countries that had restrictions with ir domain. Subsequently, and by the inauguration of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, ABNA became an official news agency operating in 20 (25 as of now) languages with full-time employees.
People in ABNA are given the task to constantly observe the developments in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and other areas where issues related to Shiite communities and often other minorities (even including non-Shias) is taking place. They report on them and let people share them via social media. They try to be equal in their approach.
ABNA is awarded many times during festivals in Iran. In 2012 ABNA won a prize for being the best online news agency from the 19th International Press Exhibition.
ABNA is licensed by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance (Iran) and is run by Sayyid Ali Reza Husseini as its managing director.
ABNA is already available in 25 languages including: العربیة ,فارسی ,اردو Türkçe, English, Español, Français, 汉语, Russian, Deutsch, বাংলা, Azeri, Latin, Cyrillic, Indonesian, Hindi, Swahili, Melayu, Bosanski, Myanmar, Hausa.
ABNA has two main offices in Iran:
- The Ahlolbayt World Assembly, 6th St., Jomhouri Eslami Blvd. Qom, I.R.IRAN
- PR, 6th floor, The Ahlolbayt World Assembly, Quds St, Blvd Keshavarz, Tehran, I.R.IRAN