Dima Khatib

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Dima Khatib
Photo: Issa Al Kindy
Born (1971-07-14) July 14, 1971 (age 45)[1]
Residence Caracas, Venezuela

Dima Khatib (Arabic: ديمة الخطيب‎‎) is a Syrian-born Palestinian [2] journalist. Since 1997, she has worked as a correspondent, producer, and Latin America Bureau Chief for the Al Jazeera network.[3][4] Khatib speaks eight languages (Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, German).

Prior to her work with Al Jazeera, Khatib has worked for Swiss Radio International in Bern. During the Iraq War, she worked as a live news producer in Doha. She gave an interview to CNN's Larry King and Wolf Blitzer,[5] and was featured in Control Room, a 2004 documentary film about Al Jazeera and its coverage of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.[6]

During her assignment as the Latin America Bureau Chief, she reported that Chávez was the first head of state to harshly condemn Israel over the Israeli-Lebanon conflict.[7] She dismissed the claims that Gaddafi has escaped to Venezuela reporting from Caracas.[8]

She received attention during Arab revolutions for providing frequent updates and commentary about recent events via her Twitter account.[9][10] She has been classified among the most influential Arabs on Twitter [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

Since 2013 Dima lectures journalism at the American University in Dubai. She gives talks and workshops around the globe. She organises regular poetry recitals in cities across the Gulf region, as well as Europe and Latin America.


  1. ^ "Arab TV Gets a New Slant: Newscasts Without Censorship". The New York Times. 1999-07-04. 
  2. ^ http://www.dimakhatib.com/
  3. ^ "Dima Khatib | Off the Strip for free thinkers and adventurers". Sandraoffthestrip.com. 2011-02-18. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  4. ^ Ralph D. Berenger, ed. (2004). Global Media Go to War: Role of News and Entertainment Media During the 2003 Iraq War. Marquette Books. p. 66. ISBN 978-0-922993-10-9. 
  5. ^ "CNN.com". CNN. 
  6. ^ Shiv Malik (2005-01-24). "Broadcast and be damned". London: The Independent. Archived from the original on 2005-03-06. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  7. ^ http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/0393C044-9D53-43FB-9B2F-3F15DF88AF91.htm
  8. ^ "Libya protests spread and intensify | World News". Axisoflogic.com. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  9. ^ Mackey, Robert (2011-01-14). "Arab Bloggers Cheer on Tunisia's Revolution". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ Owen, Paul; Weaver, Matthew (2011-01-17). "Tunisia crisis: live updates". The Guardian (London). 

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