The Huffington Post has recently launched its Arabic edition. The launch is the result of nearly two years of negotiations managed by the firm DelCantoChambers in London, which has solved the complexities of launching an media such as the Huffington Post simultaneously in 20 Arab countries with different legislation.
Commenting on the launch, the lawyer Leon Fernando Del Canto, company founder of Del Canto Chambers says: “We have been privileged to see how this project was born and advise on it form the beginning. Working with Wadah Khanfar and Arianna Huffington is a lesson in optimism on the future of journalism.”
The giant media created by Arianna Huffington already has local editions in eight countries, including Spain, where it is published in collaboration with media group PRISA. The new edition marks the opening of the first media of this nature in the Arab world, which makes “independent and original journalism” and will be a platform for new generations of bloggers in the Middle East.
In the words of Leon Fernando Del Canto, “the Huffington Post in Arabic will give voice to many young people with a mobile phone and something important to say. Young people who nobody has heard yet.”
The new platform, entirely in Arabic and directed from London, adds to the French version of the Huffington Post that targets the North African countries.