Al Arab Al Yawm (newspaper)

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Al Arab Al Yawm
A sign for Al Arab Al Yawm newspaper seen in Russeifa
Owner(s)Elyas Jreisat
EditorMuhammad Kaaoush
Founded1996; 23 years ago (1996)
WebsiteOfficial website

Al Arab Al Yawm (Arabic: العرب اليوم‎) is a privately owned daily newspaper in Arabic language, headquartered in Amman, Jordan.[1]

History and profile[edit]

Al Arab Al Yawm was established in 1996.[2][3] The daily described itself as an independent publication.[4] Azzam Yunis is one of the former editors-in-chief of the paper who was detained in 1999 after several articles written by Abu Zant were published in the newspaper.[5] As of 2009 Tahir Al Adwan also served in the post.[6]

Rajaei Lemasher, a Jordanian politician who served as deputy prime minister, was the owner of the daily.[7] It was sold to Elias Jreisat in 2011.[8][9] Fahd Khitan served as the editor-in-chief of the paper until 22 November 2011 when he and other members of the editorial board resigned due to disagreement with Elias Jreisat.[9] In late 2011 Samih Maaytah became the chairman of paper's editorial board and Muhammad Kaaoush was appointed editor-in-chief.[10]

In 2003 the estimated circulation of the daily was 30,000 copies.[3] The paper's online version was the 49th most visited website for 2010 in the MENA region.[11]

Following the publication of an article which criticized the government’s crackdown the corruption and protests in Al Tafila the Jordanian Royal Court asked the newspaper to delete the article appeared in its website in March 2012.[12] The daily was suspended for 90 days in July 2013 due to financial problems[2] and resumed publishing on 8 December 2013.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jordan profile. Media". BBC. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b Khetam Malkawi (17 July 2013). "Al Arab Al Yawm suspends publication over financial problems". The Jordan Times. Amman. Archived from the original on 14 August 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  3. ^ a b William A. Rugh (2004). Arab Mass Media: Newspapers, Radio, and Television in Arab Politics. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-275-98212-6. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Arab Media Review (January-June 2012)" (PDF). Anti-Defamation League. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  5. ^ Sa‘d G. Hattar (30 September 1999). "Prosecutor detains Abu Zant, Al Arab Al Yawm chief editor". Arab West Report. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  6. ^ Juan Cole (3 January 2009). "Moderates Must Give up Moderation: Jordanian Press on Gaza". Juan Cole Blog. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  7. ^ Amr El Kahky (2 October 2010). "Investigative Journalism is Back in the Arab World". International Center for Journalists. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Jordanian daily suspended amid financial stumble". Ammon News. 17 July 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  9. ^ a b "Editorial Board of Al Arab Al Yawm Newspaper Resigns". Amman: SKeyes. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Maaytah to Head Al Arab Al Yawm, Ghnaimat chief editor of Al Ghad daily". Ammon News. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Forbes Releases Top 50 MENA Online Newspapers; Lebanon Fails to Make Top 10". Jad Aoun. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  12. ^ "Freedom on the Net". Freedom House. 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2013.