Jaafar Abdul-Karim

Journalist & TV host, Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle

Journalist & TV host



Jaafar Abdul Karim is an international award-winning journalist and since July 2019 the host of the interactive personalized talk show JaafarTalk, broadcast on Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle. JaafarTalk enables open and direct communication between Germany and the Arab world and provides a safe space for Arabic youth to discuss ideas, opinions, and thoughts openly. Since its launch in August 2019, JaafarTalk has hosted discussions in Qatar, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Lebanon and Morroco, and has reached 250 million views on social media.

Jaafar was awarded “Reporter of the Year” in 2016 by the magazine “Medium” and the New York Times has described him as "an apostle for human rights in the Arab world". His previous talk show Shababtalk has been honored by the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) as “Best Arabic Talk Show” three years in a row.

Alongside his work as a TV host, Jaafar also works as a columnist for Zeit Online and has a vlogger on the internet portal Spiegel Online. He is the author of the book "Fremde oder Freunde?" ("friend or foe?"), published in 2018. Born in Liberia and raised in Switzerland and Lebanon, Jaafar studied in Germany, France, and the UK.

6 December 2019

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