Al Yaum (newspaper)

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Al Youm
Type Daily
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Dar Al Yaum for Press, Printing and Publishing
Publisher Dar Al Yaum for Press, Printing and Publishing
Editor-in-chief Abdul Wahab Al Faiz[1]
Founded 1965; 52 years ago (1965)
Political alignment Pro-government
Language Arabic
Headquarters Dammam
Circulation 135.000 (2007)[2]
OCLC number 42316367
Website Al Yaum

Al Yaum (in Arabic اليوم meaning The Day Today in Arabic)[3] is a Dammam-based, supposedly pro-government Arabic daily newspaper published in Saudi Arabia.[4][5]

History and ownership[edit]

Al Yaum was first published in Dammam in 1965.[6][7] Initially, it was a weekly eight-page magazine. Its frequency and size improved over time, becoming a daily newspaper in 1978.[4] The owner and publisher of the paper is Dar Al Yaum Organization for Printing and Publishing.[2][8] The headquarters of Al Yaum is in Dammam.[9]

Hamid Ghuyarfi was the editor-in-chief of Al Yaum until 1981 when he was dismissed due to his criticism against Saudi government.[10] One of the other former editor-in-chiefs was Othman Al Omeir who currently owns liberal Arabic news portal Elaph.[11] Muhammad Abdallah Al Wail also served as the editor-in-chief of the paper.[6]

The daily was the first in the Middle East and the second in the world to get IFRA ISO certificate, the first in the Middle East to receive the IFRA Asia Award for best in print and the first in the Middle East to become the WAN-IFRA Star Club member and the Color Quality Club member.[9]

Content and format[edit]

The paper mostly covers news in relation to Dammam and nearby regions.[6] It also covers regional news, sports events, and social issues that are of interest to the readers in Saudi Arabia and Arab states of the Persian Gulf.[12] The paper is published in broadsheet format with 28 colour and black and white pages.[7]

Distribution and circulation[edit]

Although the paper focuses on the local news and mainly serves the Eastern province,[13] it is distributed across the Persian Gulf region.[12] It is the leading newspaper in the Eastern province.[9][14]

The estimated 2003 circulation of Al Yaum was 80,000 copies.[3][15] Its 2007 circulation was 135,000 copies.[2]

Bans and arrests[edit]

Although the daily is described as pro-government it has experienced suspensions and arrest of its correspondents. In 1982, one of its reporters was detained for two years.[10] The same year literary supplement of the paper was suspended by Saudi government.[10]

See also[edit]

List of newspapers in Saudi Arabia


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  15. ^ 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.