Meshkal (the Arabic word for Kaleidoscope) is an online site launched in April 2019. It aims to report high-quality, objective news about Tunisia with high frequency in both English and Arabic. Meshkal aims for high standards of professionalism, including in each article clear and understandable datelines and bylines, multiple sources of information and often opposing perspectives on events, and the crucial historical, social, political, and/or cultural context for new developments that are missing from so many articles that assume the readers already know all the background. While Meshkal currently has more English-language content than Arabic, our goal is to move towards producing every report in both Arabic and English. We also believe it is important to create spaces in which increasingly Anglophone North Africans can produce news themselves, about themselves, in both English and Arabic.
Currently Meshkal is an entirely volunteer-run project, but it may seek to raise money in the future to improve the website, expand our coverage, and pay contributors. In principle we don’t see journalism as an industry, news as a commodity, or readers as consumers. We see journalism as a calling, news as an educational resource, and readers as our community and as ourselves.
– Fadil Aliriza, Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of Meshkal