Welcome to Diraya!

Diraya is an online resource that seeks to strengthen media literacy practices by learning with and from media activists in and from the MENA region. As media activists are at the forefront of the usage of media technologies aimed for advocacy of fundamental rights, we seek to learn from and with them to develop new methods, pedagogies, and tools for media educators, students, and activists, so that they, in turn, may disseminate knowledge and contribute to a greater awareness of media literacy in a larger convergence. 

Our goal is to develop media education practices inspired by MENA media activism and to strengthen media activism in the MENA region by supporting young activists to further their causes.

The project began in April 2020 and the website was launched in November the same year. The initiative is funded by Creative Force, a Swedish Institute (SI) funding programme for the development of international collaborations that use art and media to strengthen democracy, human rights, and freedom of expression. 

The team consists of researchers and educators from Södertörn University in Sweden and the Institute for Media Research and Training (IMRT) at Lebanese American University (LAU):

Diraya team:
Isabel Löfgren, Ingrid Forsler, and Philipp Seuferling from SU
Gretchen King and Farah Saati from IMRT
Collaborator Joe Khalil from Northwestern University in Qatar 

Other contributors include:
Graphic designer Rafic Saab

IMRT team:
Translator Hadi Hoteit
Video editors Yara Yatim and Rayan Haidar
Poster designer Annie Tabakian
Researcher Dalia Attar
Contact support by Anna Antonakis, Mohamed Gameel, and Haydar Hamzoz

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