A historic win for women in Saudi as Kingdom's first ever female editor-in-chief appointed

Published February 16th, 2014 - 09:40 GMT

The Saudi Gazette newspaper has appointed the country’s first female editor-in-chief, in what has been called a ‘historic’ move in the conservative kingdom.

Somayya Jabarti takes the reins of the English-language newspaper from Khaled Almaeena, who becomes editor-at-large of the title.

Jabarti, previously deputy editor of the Saudi Gazette, becomes the first female editor of a national newspaper in Saudi Arabia, although women have led magazines in the kingdom, sources say.

Jabarti was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Al Arabiya News.

But Almaeena confirmed the changes, calling it a “historic” move.

“She’s the first editor-in-chief of a Saudi paper, English or Arabic-language,” he said. “In Saudi Arabia it’s a major achievement.”

Almaeena, writing of his move here, said that he has for a long time held a goal of seeing a “Saudi woman enter the male-dominated bastion of editors-in-chief.”


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