What has it meant for the country and for the Christian guest workers who represent 9% of the population? For the 10 million people living in the United Arab Emirates, 2019 has been the Gulf state’s “Year of Tolerance”. In a country where 89 per cent of the population are expatriates, the government initiative aims to “reject extremism” and “entrench […]
There is a new phenomenon in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In a part of the world where religion traditionally shapes every area of life, there is a growth in religious doubt and questioning. Increasing numbers now call themselves atheists. Accurate figures are impossible to obtain in a region where non-belief could land you in jail. But one […]
Special TV appearance for SAT-7 founder In a special on-screen interview to mark SAT-7’s 20th anniversary year, founder and CEO Dr Terence Ascott encouraged viewers in the Arab world to test what they hear and be open to other perspectives. Appearing on Forbidden, a talk show on SAT-7 ARABIC that tackles controversial and taboo topics, Dr Ascott talked about why SAT-7 […]
At German railway stations last autumn, cheering crowds welcomed trainloads of refugees after its government opened the doors to hundreds of thousands of migrants who had become stranded in Eastern Europe. The public mood may have shifted since then, but one German pastor who won’t be withdrawing his support is Revd Hanna Yeshou. Yeshou, who was the subject of a […]
Forbidden is a talk show that deliberately doesn’t try to duck controversial topics for people in the region. Presenter Imed, is a Tunisian Pastor and poet who hosts the live programme that tries to challenge viewers attitudes.
The Archbishop of Canterbury recorded a message of solidarity for Middle East Christians last week when he was interviewed by SAT-7’s Forbidden programme The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Revd Justin Welby, has shared his heart for people of the Middle East enduring the violence wrought by ISIS in an interview for Middle East Christian broadcaster SAT-7. Archbishop Welby spoke last […]
Forbidden programme breaks new ground in promoting religious freedom Forbidden (“Mamnou’a” in Arabic) is a SAT-7 ARABIC programme that addresses sensitive and sometimes controversial Arab cultural topics from a Christian perspective. These topics range from adoption to human trafficking and sexual violence. But perhaps its biggest success has been to win agreement from many Muslim viewers that people should be […]