Saudi Press Agency
The Saudi Press Agency (SPA) was established in 1971 as the first national news agency. The main goal of its establishment was to serve as a central body to collect and distribute local and international news in Saudi Arabia and abroad.
The SPA is under the responsibility of the ministry of information and therefore, its director directly reports to the minister of information. SAP provides the newspapers with a guideline, the editorial line, which should be followed in their reports. The Agency publishes news in both Arabic and English.
In late May 2012, the Saudi Council of Ministers made a decision to separate Saudi Television and Radio and Saudi Press Agency (SPA), making both as two independent corporations.
New functions of SPA
Under the May 2012 restructuring, SPA covers events and issues at national, regional and international levels, especially those related to the Kingdom and contribute to strengthening the journalistic profession in the country. The new arrangement also involves the transformation of SPA into a Presidency.
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