The Majalla

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The Majalla
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Editor-in-Chief Adel Al Toraifi
Categories Online Newsmagazine
Frequency Weekly
Circulation 86.961 (2009)
Publisher Saudi Research Publishing Company
Year founded 1980; 34 years ago (1980)
Company Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG)
Country United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia
Language Arabic, English and Persian
Website The Majalla
ISSN 0261-0876

The Majalla, often directly transliterated as Al Majalla (Arabic:المجلة, "the magazine") is a Saudi-owned, London-based political news journal published in Arabic, English and Persian.[1]

The Majalla, along with Sayidaty and Al Yamamah, is among popular magazines in Saudi Arabia.[2]

History and profile[edit]

The Majalla was launched by Hisham Hafiz in London in 1980.[3][4] The magazine is currently owned by Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG),[5] and was reestablished in 1987 by Ahmed bin Salman, then chairman of the SRMG.[6] The current chairman of the SRMG is Turki bin Salman Al Saud.[7]

The SRMG owns many other newspapers such as Arab News, Al Eqtisadiah, Urdu News and Asharq Al Awsat and magazines, including Sayidaty, Al Jamila, Arrajol, Bassim and Heya.[8] From 1980 to 2009 a print edition was issued weekly, every Sunday. In April 2009 the magazine moved to an all-online format.[9][10] Online version continues to be published weekly.[11]

Editors[edit]

Gabriel G. Tabarani served as the deputy managing editor of the Majalla from 1980 to 1984.[12] From 1983 to 1987 the chief editor of the magazine was Othman Al Omeir who currently owns news portal Elaph.[13] Then Abdel Rahman Al Rashid served as the editor-in-chief of the magazine from 1987 to 1998.[14] Adel Al Toraifi was appointed editor-in-chief of the Majalla in 2010,[1] and is the current chief editor of the magazine.[15] In July 2012, Toraifi was also appointed deputy deputy chief editor of Asharq Al Awsat, a daily published by SRMG.[16]

Content[edit]

The Majalla offers the readers an overview of the main weekly news, analysis and exclusive reports with a focus on political affairs.[17] The magazine also provides news from USA today, Time Magazine, World Monitor and MEED.[17]

Because of its close connection with the Arab world, The Majalla has often broken stories from sources close to militant groups like the PLO,[18] Hamas,[19] and Al-Qaeda.[20][21][22] It also publishes articles written by senior Saudi princes like Prince Turki Al Faisal.[23]

The magazine is also well known for its political cartoons, particularly those by the late Mahmoud Kahil.[24] These were often critical of Israel and the United States.[25][26] The Majalla sponsored London's first Festival for Arab Caricature in 1989.

Circulation[edit]

The 1994 circulation of The Majalla was 116,000 copies.[27] The audited circulation of the magazine at the end of the 1990s is stated to be just under 100,000 copies.[4] Its 2009 circulation was 86.961 copies.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Al Toraifi New Editor-in-chief of Asharq Al Awsat". Asharq Al Awsat. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Saudi Arabia - Marketing and Sales Strategy". The Saudi Network. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Biography". Hisham Hafiz. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Alterman, Jon B. (1998). "New Media New Politics?". The Washington Institute 48. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Saudi Research and Marketing Group". Money Expert Club. November 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "SRMG". The Majalla. September 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Saudi Research and Marketing Group appoints new chairman". Al Arabiya. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Medıa personalıty of the year; AMF honours Saudı Prınce Faısal". MEPA Monthly Bulletin 31 (31). March 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Jeffrey Ghannam (3 February 2011). "Social Media in the Arab World: Leading up to the Uprisings of 2011". The Center for International Media Assistance. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  10. ^ Gabriel Chahine; Christopher Vollmer. "The Advent of Digital News in the GCC". Booz & Company. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Arab Media Outlook 2009-2013". Dubai Press Club and Value Partners. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  12. ^ Gabriel G. Tabarani (16 May 2011). Jihad's New Heartlands: Why the West has Failed to Contain Islamic Fundamentalism. Author House. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-4678-9180-6. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Murdoch of the Middle East". The Majalla. 21 May 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  14. ^ "Abdel Rahman Al Rashid". The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "About The Majalla". SUSRIS. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "Adel Al-Toraifi appointed Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Al Awsat". The Majalla. 4 July 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  17. ^ a b c "Saudi Research and Marketing Group". Global Investment House. November 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  18. ^ Remnick, David (6 May 2002). "Rage and Reason". The New Yorker. 
  19. ^ Mishal, Shaul. "The Pragmatic Dimension of the Palestinian Hamas: A Network Perspective". p. 583. 
  20. ^ Miyazaki, Jamie (22 November 2003). "Japan, Korea new terror fronts". Asia Times. 
  21. ^ "Al Qaeda vows back-breaking strike". Reuters. 27 December 2003. 
  22. ^ Lis, Jonathan (15 November 2003). "Report: Al-Qaida claims responsibility for attacks". Haaretz. 
  23. ^ Aslam, Mohammad I. (3 March 2012). "Al Majalla: The leading Arab magazine?". American Thinker. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  24. ^ "Welcome". Mahmoud Kahil. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  25. ^ Hammond, Andrew (2007). Popular Culture in the Arab World: Arts, politics, and the media. American University in Cairo Press. p. 260. ISBN 977-416-054-1. 
  26. ^ Long, Jerry M (2004). Saddam's war of words: politics, religion, and the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. University of Texas Press. p. 165. ISBN 0-292-70264-7. 
  27. ^ Kuldip R. Rampal (1994). "Saudi Arabia". In Yahya R. Kamalipour; Hamid Mowlana. Mass Media in the Middle East: A Comprehensive Handbook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. p. 247. Retrieved 14 October 2013.  – via Questia (subscription required)

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