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The 30 Most Influential Women in the Arab World 2019

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Huda El-Sarari

Huda El-Sarari

Company:

218 TV

Designation:

Founder

Libya’s second civil war in 2014 saw the majority of news outlets heavily report on the conflict’s most heart-wrenching events, but journalist and poet Huda El Sarari wanted to report on Libya’s untold story – of a culturally-rich North African nation housed a people determined to lead fulfilled lives in the midst of a brutal war. That’s how the self-taught Libyan journalist and poet turned the channels under her Arabic language media group 218 TV into some of the country’s most watched.

The Amman-headquartered company, launched in 2014, began with a single news that offers a range of entertaintment programs, documentaries, sports, arts and civil society shows revolving around the daily life of the Arab-Libyan citizen. In 2017, under El-Sarari’s leadership, it launched 218 News, a channel specialising in breaking and political news. El-Sarari also oversees a sports platform Rimessa which covers Libyan and international sports news.