Al-Bilad (newspaper)

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For the another daily published in Bahrain, see Al Bilad (Bahrain).
Al Bilad
Type Daily newspaper
Editor-in-chief Moanes Al Mardi
Founded 1932; 83 years ago (1932)
Language Arabic
Headquarters Jeddah
Website Official website

Al-Bilad (in Arabic البلاد meaning The Country) is a Saudi Arabian daily newspaper located in Jeddah.[1][2][3]


It is one of the oldest newspapers in Saudi Arabia, having been established in April 1932.[4][5]

In 1960, after Israel captured German Nazi and SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann, the newspaper ran a headline entitled: "Capture of Eichmann, who had the honor of killing five million Jews".[6][7]

In 1978, the newspaper reported a story that was subsequently picked up by The Los Angeles Times and other foreign press, concerning a father who mistakenly gave away his two veiled daughters in a double wedding to the wrong bridegrooms, but whose daughters indicated they were satisfied with their accidental spouses.[8][9][10]

Hamza Kashgari worked for the newspaper as a columnist.[11] On 7 February 2012, Al-Bilad issued a statement saying that they had fired Kashgari five weeks earlier "because of the inadequacy of his general views for the approach of the newspaper."[12]

See also[edit]

List of newspapers in Saudi Arabia


  1. ^ "Jordan: "Al Bilad" editor detained through penal code article 150". Goliath. 20 March 2002. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Oil Prices to Rise 5 pct., Saudi newspaper says, The Deseret News, 11 December 1978, Retrieved 14 February 2012
  3. ^ "Saudi Arabia: Oldest daily to close due to financial problems". SPA. 8 January 2002. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  4. ^ David E. Long (2005). Culture and customs of Saudi Arabia. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780313320217. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Aarti Nagraj (26 March 2013). "Revealed: 10 Oldest Newspapers In The GCC". Gulf Business. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  6. ^ David Patterson (2005). A Genealogy of Evil: Anti-Semitism from Nazism to Islamic Jihad. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780521132619. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Laurent Murawiec (2005). Princes of darkness: the Saudi assault on the West. Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN 9780742542785. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Moslem Brides Mismatched", Lakeland Ledger, 29 December 1978, Retrieved 14 February 2012
  9. ^ "Moslem Mixes Up Mates". Los Angeles Times. 31 December 1978. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "People ... Things", The Windsor Star, 29 December 1978, Retrieved 14 February 2012
  11. ^ "Sacrilegious Saudi writer arrested in Malaysia". Emirates 24/7. 9 February 2012. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "مصادر "سبق": "كشغري" غادر المملكة هارباً إلى ماليزيا". صحيفة سبق الإلكترونية. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2012.