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TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Shiv Sena
EditorUddhav Thackeray
Associate editorSanjay Raut
Political alignmentShiv Sena
Free online

Saamana (Hindi/Marathi: सामना Sāmnā) is a Marathi-language newspaper published in Maharashtra, India. The paper was launched on 23 January 1988 by Bal Thackeray and a Hindi version of the paper, Dopahar Ka Saamana, was launched on 23 February 1993.[1][2]


Firstpost attributes the founding of Saamana to Thackeray's dissatisfaction about the amount of press he and his party received in other news outlets, and describes it as a mouthpiece of Shiv Sena and as providing a link to Thackeray that did not exist previously. Firstpost also reports that despite other newspapers allowing bias to creep into their news coverage, the news coverage of government policy, civic matters, and other announcements provided by Saamana was relatively unbiased. It was only news about Shiv Sena that was biased.[2]

According to Hindustan Times, Saamana played a "significant role during the 1992-93 riots", and that Thackeray was "not beyond publishing lies and exaggerating the extent of the violence indulged in by the opposing groups and inciting Shiv Sainiks to do their worst."[3]

Until the death of Bal Thackeray on 17 November 2012, both the newspapers were edited by him. To honour him, his son Uddhav has named him as the "founder-editor".[1] The chief editor of both dailies is Uddhav Thackeray and the executive editor of Marathi is Sanjay Raut and Resident editor of Hindi is Anil Tiwari.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Uddhav steps in as editor of Sena newspapers". IBN Live. 4 December 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b "The importance of Bal Thackeray's Dainik Saamana - Firstpost". Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  3. ^ "The Saamna has come of age". 2016-05-24. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  4. ^ " - An internet edition of Daily Marathi News Paper Saamana".[not in citation given]

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