“The Unforgiven”: Arab News investigates the plight of Qatar’s Al-Ghufran tribe

Arab News is launching a week-long program of coverage examining the plight of the Qatari Al-Ghufran clan, who have suffered at the hands of the Qatari regime. (AN photo/Screenshot)
Updated 07 October 2019

“The Unforgiven”: Arab News investigates the plight of Qatar’s Al-Ghufran tribe

  • Special coverage tells untold story of how the Doha regime persecuted thousands of its own people

RIYADH: The plight of the Qatari Al-Ghufran clan is the subject of Arab News’ week-long coverage which begins October 7.

The Arab News special, titled “The Unforgiven: Persecution of Qatar’s Al-Ghufran Tribe,” will feature a three-part print and web presentation that focuses on the history, humanitarian aspect and legal point of view of the crimes committed by the regime in Doha.

The coverage will also have an interactive, digital deep-dive into the Qatari clan’s tragedy. On October 10, a mini-documentary will premiere in English and Arabic languages.

Several media outlets have agreed to cross-publish and to translate the Al-Ghufran material, which includes never-seen-before interviews and footages.




Arab News is launching a week-long program of coverage examining the plight of the Qatari Al-Ghufran clan, who have suffered at the hands of the Qatari regime. (AN photo/Screenshot)

“The project is part of our ongoing efforts to make sure the Middle East is better explained to international audiences who don’t speak Arabic and who may not be aware of the complexities of our region,” said Arab News Editor-in-Chief, Faisal J. Abbas.

“This is particularly true when it comes to the Al-Ghufran case. It is unfortunate that all what most of the world sees is the glitz and glamour of the Qatari regime; but very little is known about the systematic expelling and stripping of citizenship of thousands of this regime’s own people,” he added.

The Unforgiven
How thousands of members of Qatar’s Al-Ghufran tribe are still paying the price for a failed coup in which they played no part.

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Egyptian icon Bahiga Hafez gets Google Doodle tribute

Updated 04 August 2020

Egyptian icon Bahiga Hafez gets Google Doodle tribute

  • Hafez was widely known for her extensive contribution in the early days of Egyptian cinema
  • Her work has “helped pave the way for the start of what is widely considered Egyptian cinema’s golden age in the 1940s”

DUBAI: Google honored one of Egypt’s cinema icons Bahiga Hafez with a doodle on Tuesday, in what would have been the star’s 112th birthday.

The doodle, which shows a young Hafez with a pearl-embellished head dress, was illustrated by Cairo-based artist Marian El-Reweny.

Hafez was widely known for her extensive contribution in the early days of Egyptian cinema – both as an on-screen talent and behind the scenes where she would work as a producer, director, editor, costume designer or composer.

The Alexandria-born pioneering icon earned a degree in music composition in Paris in 1930. She moved back to Egypt to work with record companies until she was cast as the female lead in the silent film “Zeinab” for her debut onscreen performance.

Hafez and her husband, Mahmoud Hamdi, established Fanar Film Company two years later, which further demonstrated her talent in filmmaking. The company released “Al-Dahaya” in 1932, and Hafez played a crucial role in its production.

The groundbreaking star went on to produce more films, and her work has “helped pave the way for the start of what is widely considered Egyptian cinema’s golden age in the 1940s,” Google said.

She died in Cairo in December 1983 at the age of 75.