BBC Arabic starts trainee scheme for disabled journalists

Updated 29 March 2018
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BBC Arabic starts trainee scheme for disabled journalists

LONDON: BBC Arabic has launched its first ever trainee scheme for journalists with disabilities, offering them a rare chance to improve their reporting skills with one of the world’s leading Arabic news services.
From yesterday, anyone with a disability — whether visible or not — and an interest in journalism can apply to spend six months learning with experienced staff at the BBC’s headquarters in London and in their home country.
There are six places on the scheme, which is called AimHigh. Successful applicants will spend the first three weeks at Broadcasting House in the UK’s capital, learning on different platforms of BBC Arabic’s news service. The scheme covers all travel, accommodation and expenses for this period.
Afterwards, the candidates will return to their home country and continue training with senior BBC journalists and a mentor from BBC Arabic News or Programs. They will be taught how to create programs for television, radio, digital, online and social media.
“We want anyone with a disability, be that hidden or visible, to consider applying to be part of this exciting new opportunity, ” said Sam Farah, head of BBC Arabic.
The BBC has said that all applications will be assessed by someone who is “disability aware.” Even if not selected, applicants will receive detailed feedback to help them with their careers. All applicants must be aged over 18 and fluent in Arabic. They will preferably also be fluent in English, but they do not need to have previous experience working as journalists.
Rasha Kashan, editor of diversity and special projects at BBC Arabic, said: “(Becoming a journalist) can seem an impossible ambition to achieve for people starting out. This scheme is our attempt at giving a voice to those whose journalism is essential to be represented.”
BBC Arabic, the oldest non-English language service in the BBC, is 80 this year. The closing date for applications is April 16, 2018. To apply go to: www.bbcarabic.com/aimhigh


US vice president Mike Pence accuses Iran of Nazi-like anti-Semitism

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US vice president Mike Pence accuses Iran of Nazi-like anti-Semitism

AUSCHWITZ, Poland: US Vice President Mike Pence accused Iran on Friday of anti-Semitism akin to the Nazis following his visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland that had strengthened his resolve to act against Tehran.
"We have the regime in Tehran that's breathing out murderous threats, with the same vile anti-Semitic hatred that animated the Nazis in Europe," Pence told reporters on Air Force Two before landing in Munich.
He said that being in Auschwitz had made him reflect to "strengthen the resolve of the free world to oppose that kind of vile hatred and to confront authoritarian threats of our time."
His comments at the former Nazi concentration camp came a day after he said Iran was the “greatest threat to peace and security in the Middle East” at a conference on the region taking place in Warsaw.
Pence accused Washington's European allies of trying to break US sanctions against Tehran and called on them to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.
"Sadly, some of our leading European partners have not been nearly as cooperative. In fact, they have led the effort to create mechanisms to break up our sanctions," Pence said.
Pence added that his country will keep a strong presence in the Middle East, continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with allies, and work with coalition partners to defeat Daesh to make the region safe for peace and prosperity.
He also said that there are winds of change happening in the region, with the recent historic visit of Pope Francis to the UAE and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s visit to Oman.