About Fanack - Chronicle of the middle east and north africa
“The heritage of knowledge is more valuable than gold.”
Quote: yahya ibn abi kathir (769 – 848)
In 2010 the Fanack Foundation was founded – as a Dutch not-for-profit organisation (NGO) – in the international City of Justice, The Hague, along with the Fanack company. The Foundation aims to promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, respectfully honoring the activities of the United Nations, which are among others the maintaining of peace and prosperity on behalf of mankind everywhere.
Fanack promotes the development and distribution of free information on salient issues concerning the Middle East and North Africa for a worldwide audience. All funded content is written from an Arab perspective by independent journalists and academics from the region, respectfully abiding by international law and the directives set out by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
As an independent online media organization Fanack is committed to publishing and disseminating balanced and informed analysis about the Middle East and North Africa. Since its establishment in the Netherlands in 2010, Fanack has developed a website presenting extensive information in Arabic and English about history, politics, economics, social issues and, more recently the state of water and energy resources across 21 countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
The websites provide readers access to a series of thematic websites including the Fanack Chronicle of the Middle East & North Africa and specialist’s sites dedicated to water and energy among others. Overall, Fanack.com and its associated thematic websites feature more than 5,000 web pages written by over one-hundred different specialists and reaching millions of readers annually.
The Chronicle of the Middle East and North Africa
“Knowledge is a matter of knowing facts. Wisdom is a matter of understanding and applying principles. A certain amount of knowledge is necessary for wisdom, and without wisdom, knowledge is not only useless, it’s dangerous.”
Hilda van Stockum (1908 – 2006)
Fanack’s The Chronicle of the Middle East and North Africa is a successful and independent online platform in Arabic and English committed to publishing and disseminating balanced and informed analysis about the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Since its establishment in The Netherlands in 2010, The Chronicle presents extensive information about history, politics, economics, social issues and the state of water and energy resources across the countries in the MENA-region.
The Chronicle is an initiative of Dr Antonie Dake, who decided in 2010 to combine his entrepreneurial work with his long experience in journalism and his fascination for the rich history and cultural heritage of the region. In tune with the digital opportunities, he established The Chronicle to serve the growing need for information about the region, especially among younger people.
The Chronicle platform serves over 5.000 in-depth articles, all in Arabic and English, composed by substantive experts who have a strong commitment with the Arabic world.
The Chronicle’s articles are written by acclaimed Arab journalists and academics. In order to guarantee the impartiality of information their articles are published without by-lines. This also allows them to write more freely about sensitive or controversial issues in their country. All articles are fact-checked before publication to ensure that content is accurate, current and unbiased according to good academic and journalistic criteria. International law and the principles and directives set out by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are the benchmark against which content is measured to prevent bias.
The Chronicle targets a broad multi-million audience of readers in the region and beyond, with a particular focus on the younger generation, aged 18 to 45. A detailed picture is presented per country of the history, the population, the economy, the political situation and cultural life. Clear overviews with maps, facts and figures give the reader a good idea of the country in question. Country files from 21 countries are now available.
The ‘specials’ provide in-depth information on a variety of cross-border topics, such as music and sports, religion, migration and refugee issues and human rights. Complex and sensitive subjects are explained and analysed in a balanced way.
The ‘theme-files’ are the third pillar of The Chronicle. This concerns in-depth information on issues that effect the entire region such as Energy, Human Rights and Water. The Water-files provide accessible, well-researched information about the state of water resources in the MENA region through peer-reviewed countryfiles and special reports.
Fanack.com 10 Years (2010-2021)
Fanack’s The Chronicle of the Middle East and North Africa was founded in 2010 as an independent online platform in Arabic and English committed to publishing and disseminating balanced and informed analysis about the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
The Fanack Chronicle grew into an extensive source for information about history, politics, economics, social issues and the state of water and energy resources across the countries in the MENA-region
2010 - 2015
Country File Chronicle
2016 - 2021
Acclaimed Arab journalists and academics enriched the Chronicle with more in-depth files and current affair articles. Fanack reach grew rapidly towards the current annual unique reach of 20+ million.
What’s in a name?
The name Fanack refers to the Saharan desert fox, the Fennec. This small orange dessert fox is recognisable by its large ears and sharp eyesight, which make it a keen observer of its surroundings – as Fanack aims to be in its analysis of the MENA region.
Dr Antonie Dake (founder)
Fanack’s The Chronicle of the Middle East and North Africa was founded in 2010 by Dr Antonie Dake, a former Dutch journalist and businessman.
Dr Antonie Dake during his long career was active both as a print and television journalist. In the ‘60’s among others he worked as correspondent in Moscow and Bonn. In later years he worked for the Regionale Dagblad Pers in The Hague as well as for the Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (‘NOS’). Following his work as a journalist, Dr Dake founded Deltakabel Telecom B.V. and made a career in the telecommunications industry for which he was awarded on several occasions.
For the uninitiated but interested outsider the region might upon first superficial acquaintance look fragmented. The Chronicle, however, has succeeded in presenting this supposed fragmented fabric as a kaleidoscopic aspect of a pluriform region that rightly defines itself as unified, coherent and internally connected through shared histories, religions, languages and mentalities. The Chronicle has clearly recorded, since its launch, this wide range of multi-facetted aspects into a reference tool and a unique overview of the region.
Started as an adventure with the aim of providing readers (especially younger people between 18 and 45) with reliable and balanced information, The Chronicle developed into a professional and successful organisation that works with a team of dedicated professionals, keen correspondents and trained experts from and in the region.
Since its start the platform’s total reach has grown steadily. Every year more people visit and make use of The Chronicle to find the facts they are looking for. By continuously improving its navigation structure, adding new articles and information and by using social media for multichannel communication, our reach has grown significantly. Especially among young people in the Mena-region its popularity is rising.
The current reach of Fanack.com is about 20+ million users annually. Fanack is currently reorganising and restructuring to enable a growth towards an annual global reach of 100+ million.
The Chronicle is now defining a path for the next ten years. A path which aims to solidify its role as an institution serving the public interest aiming to further expand its coverage and to build alliances furthering this purpose. We believe that knowledge matters and facts count. We also believe that going forward our mission will inspire new partners to join The Chronicle of the Middle East on its path to 2030.
In 2011 The Chronicle of The Middle East was started with the mission to offer a modest contribution to the publication of independent and impartial information on the Middle East and North Africa. Since then the region has seen many changes and, as a consequence, our coverage of it has changed with it. Both scope as well as the depth of our coverage have grown considerably over time.
Ten years later the initial mission seems more relevant than ever before. While news and information is readily available through an ever increasing number of new channels, it never was harder to discern if we are dealing with facts or with fiction.
Ten years later it also has become apparent that the importance of impartial and fact-checked information is widely felt in the region and around the globe. Readers have become contributors, competitors have become colleagues sharing our vision.
In view of these developments The Chronicle is now defining a path for the next ten years. A path which aims to solidify its role as an institution serving the public interest aiming to further expand our coverage and to build alliances furthering this purpose. We believe that knowledge matters and facts count. We also believe that going forward our mission will inspire new partners to join The Chronicle of the Middle East on its path to 2030.