Al Sharq

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Al Sharq
الشرق
Type Daily
Publisher Dar Al Sharq
Editor Abdul Latif Al Mahmoud
Managing editors Abdul Latif Al Mahmoud
Founded 1985; 29 years ago (1985)
Political alignment pro-government
Language Arabic
Headquarters Doha
Circulation 15,000 (2008)
Sister newspapers The Peninsula
Official website Al Sharq

Al Sharq (in Arabic الشرق meaning The Orient) is an Arabic and pro-government daily newspaper published in Qatar.[1] The paper is one of the three leading Arabic newspapers in the country in addition to Al Raya and Al Watan.[2]

History[edit]

Al Sharq was launched in 1985[3] and was published by Al Watan Printing and Publishing House under the name of Al Khaleej Al Youm (Gulf Today in English).[1] Eighteen months after its start it was sold to Dar Al Sharq and the paper was renamed as Al Sharq.[1] The publisher of the paper which is led by a member of the ruling family, Al Thani, also own the English daily The Peninsula and Arabic women's magazine Sayyidat Al Sharq.[4][5] The daily is based in Doha.[6] The editor and manager of Al Sharq is Abdul Latif Al Mahmoud.[5]

The circulation of the paper was about 10,000 in the early 1990s.[1] Its estimated circulation in 2003 was 15,000 copies.[7] The 2008 circulation of the daily was also 15,000 copies.[8]

Political stance and content[edit]

The daily has a pro-government political stance although it is owned by a private company, Dar Al Sharq.[9][10] It mostly provides its readers with the news about the meetings and activities of the ruling family, Al Thani, and government officials.[3] It has large supplements on sports, business and finance.[3]

While reporting the events following the 2013 coup in Egypt Al Sharq praised security forces while its rival Al Raya, another Arabic Qatari paper, emphasized the demonstrations by the supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohamed Morsi.[11]

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ Barrie Gunter; Roger Dickinson (6 June 2013). News Media in the Arab World: A Study of 10 Arab and Muslim Countries. A&C Black. p. 28. ISBN 978-1-4411-0239-3. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Qatar". The Arab Press Network. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dar Al Sharq". The Peninsula. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Arab Media Review (January–June 2012)". Anti-Defamation League. 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Qatari newspapers". Araboo. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  7. ^ William A. Rugh (2004). Arab Mass Media: Newspapers, Radio, and Television in Arab Politics. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-275-98212-6. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Media sustainability index 2008". IREX. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Qatari newspapers". w3newspapers. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Qatar profile". BBC. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Of Egypt and Arabs". Al Ahram Weekly 3383. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2013.