Arab News owner SRMG inaugurates office in Washington’s National Press Building

Prince Badr (center left) met with SRMG executives and editors including Faisal J. Abbas, editor in chief of Arab News (center right) and Ghassan Charbel, editor in chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper (second from left).
Updated 23 March 2018
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Arab News owner SRMG inaugurates office in Washington’s National Press Building

WASHINGTON: The chairman of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), the publisher of Arab News, on Wednesday inaugurated the media group’s new Washington headquarters at the historic National Press Building.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al-Saud was given a tour of the facilities, which will provide support for the editorial and administrative activities across the group’s various businesses.
He was accompanied by Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl, CEO and managing director of SRMG; Ghassan Charbel, editor in chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper; Faisal J. Abbas, editor in chief of Arab News; and Yasser Al-Ghaslan, SRMG’s Washington office director.
Prince Badr met with a team of journalists and was briefed about the plans of the group and its publications. The office is set to become home to Arab News’ planned Washington bureau, which will complement its existing operations in Saudi Arabia, the wider Middle East, London and Asia.
The launch of the SRMG office was held during the visit by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Washington, as part of a multi-city tour of the US.


Bulgaria: Killer of TV journalist gets 30 years in prison

Viktoria Marinova. (AFP)
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Bulgaria: Killer of TV journalist gets 30 years in prison

  • Media watchdog Journalists Without Borders had accused authorities of trying to impede the inquest and sweep the crime under the carpet

SOFIA: A 21-year-old man was Monday sentenced to 30 years in prison for the brutal rape and murder of a Bulgarian television presenter, avoiding a life term after confessing to the crime.
Severin Krasimirov, also Bulgarian, was arrested in Germany where he had fled after assaulting and killing Viktoria Marinova on October 6.
A court in the northeastern Bulgarian city of Ruse also ordered him to pay 450,000 leva (230,000 euros, $259,000) to Marinova’s family.
Prosecutors said the crime was “linked to sexual motives and had no links to the profession of the victim.” They added that Krasimirov was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the “brutal rape.”
The court said Marinova, 30, was killed “in a particularly brutal manner” after being grabbed while jogging in an alley along the Danube.
She was due to present a new program in which she pledged to unveil serious cases of corruption.
Media watchdog Journalists Without Borders had accused authorities of trying to impede the inquest and sweep the crime under the carpet.