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Shafaqna (Persian: شفقنا; International Shia News Association or Shia News Agency) is one of the main international[citation needed] Shia news-gathering organisations. It focuses on news relating to Shia Islam. It started its activities on Friday, February 24, 2012.[1] It is an independent medium implemented in seven languages: English, French, Spanish, Persian, Arabic, Turkish and Urdu. Material in Arabic is produced out of Najaf, Persian from Tehran, Turkish from Istanbul, and English from UK.[2][3][4] Shafaqna has also launched several independent pages: Pakistan, India, Lebanon, India, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Shafaqna explained its editorial intent to extend its coverage to all Islamic and specifically Shia events and activities across the world. It would inaugurate dialogues between Shia Islam and other faiths and religions in a peacebuilding manner.[5]

Shafaqna is recognised as a news organisation close to the Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani the highest ranking Shia jurist in Iraq and has published several articles about his doctrine that may indeed be his legacy,.[6][7] Shafaqna also publishes Sistani fatwas frequently.[8] Much of Shafaqna progress is credited to its access to the Najaf seminary and publishing some rare interviews with high ranking clerics and also photos of the tomb of prophet Muhammad and his daughter's (Fatemeh) house[9] and exclusive news of the top Maraji of Najaf Hawzah Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.[10][11][12][13]

In June 2014 Shafaqna launched a chain of news readers that its English version called Enews (Internation News Agencies headlines). Shafaqna Multilingual News Reader, originated as an Internet-based news aggregator so the text which appears on the chain of websites is made up of a list of items and contents presented in RSS feeds offered by news gathering organisations and websites across the world.[14] It operates in different languages mainly English, Arabic, Persian, Spanish, French, Urdu, Dutch, and Chinese. This news reader categorized news into "Last News", "Featured", "Most popular.

As it is presented in its front page, The chain of news readers operated by Shafaqna, cover more than 100 countries and news and articles originally come from a range of global, regional and national news agencies, newspapers, and local web based news media from AP, AFP, EFE, and Reuters to CNN, BBC, CCTV, Kyodo, Xinhua, PRESS TV, IRIB, SPA, Itar-tass, etc.[15]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2012-02-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  5. ^ About US SHAFAQNA»
  6. ^ Who is Ali al-Sistani? One of Shia Islam’s most revered cleric - SHAFAQNA»
  7. ^ Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani’s Doctrine - SHAFAQNA»
  8. ^ - SHAFAQNA»
  9. ^ First Ever Real Photos of the Tomb (shrine and grave) of Muhammed- SHAFAQNA»
  10. ^ Grand Ayatollah Sistani calls for mobilization against Wahhabi-inspired radicalism- SHAFAQNA»
  11. ^ The Grand Ayatollah Sistani severely condemned the execution of Sheikh Nimr- SHAFAQNA»
  12. ^ Ayatollah Sistani’s staff aiding Ramadi residents after its liberation from ISIS shafaqna
  13. ^ Teaching Iraq to Freedom – How Ayatollah Sistani inspired unity and nationalism shafaqna
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