Mokhtar Alibrahim

Published 13 September 2023

I have spent more than ten years working as a journalist, including seven years as a field journalist inside Syria and three years as an editor for the Arab Network for Investigative Journalism in Jordan, and here in Germany as a Freelance journalist since 2020.

There is no doubt that the Arab Spring revolutions had a role in my professional orientation, especially since the region was abuzz with events, and talent found a fertile environment for it to grow and crystallize further.

Journalistic work here in Germany is different from it in the Middle East, and people’s interests and priorities are completely different. This is a challenge for the journalist in how to adapt his tools to keep pace with journalistic work.

The existence of a supportive institution in the countries of diaspora that would provide the journalist with minimal tools to help him continue his professional work. This facilitates his start again, the logistical support and the intangible support represented by the provision of foreign language mastery courses is also a decisive factor to enhance his chances of becoming more involved in local and international journalistic affairs.

Mastery of the German language gives journalists the opportunity to work in German institutions, and the same applies to the English language, as there are various opportunities in Germany to work in foreign languages as well.

My goal is to get the chance to work with institutions like Der Spiegel, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Corrective, and the list of German institutions I would like is also long.

Professional biography

  • Profession: Television and online journalist
  • Position: Editor and researcher
  • Focus area: Economy, science, and the MENA region
  • Country of origin: Syria
  • Publication languages: Arabic