Faisal J. Abbas appointed editor-in-chief of Arab News

SRMG Chairman Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohamad bin Farhan Al-Saud (left) and Faisal J. Abbas, the new editor-in-chief of Arab News.
Updated 26 September 2016
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Faisal J. Abbas appointed editor-in-chief of Arab News

RIYADH: The Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG) — the Middle East’s largest integrated publishing company — has announced the appointment of Faisal J. Abbas as editor-in-chief of Arab News effective Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016.
“The decision complements SRMG’s future vision of taking our titles to new heights by empowering young Saudi media leaders capable of meeting the aspirations of the new generation who are today’s biggest media consumers,” SRMG Chairman Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohamad bin Farhan Al-Saud said.
“Faisal J. Abbas is among the most prominent Saudi journalists on the international scene; he brings an impressive track record of successful media brands re-launching as well as expanding newsroom operations,” said Prince Badr.
He thanked the outgoing editor-in-chief of Arab News, Mohammad Al-Harthi, for his “enormous efforts.”
“We will continue to benefit from his expertise in various fields within our group. In addition, Al-Harthi will continue to maintain his position as the editor-in-chief of Sayidaty and Al-Jamila Magazines as well as their websites,” the chairman said.
Abbas thanked Prince Badr and the SRMG Board for their trust, saying: “I look forward to be working alongside the board and the team at this prestigious international Arab daily. Together, we will drive it to achieve its full future potential.”
Prior to joining Arab News, Abbas was the editor-in-chief of the Dubai-based Al Arabiya News Channel’s digital English service between 2012 and 2016.
He has also worked as a senior Middle East correspondent for the International Resource Journal and a blogger with the Huffington Post since 2008. Between 2004–2009 he was the media editor at SRMG’s London-based Pan-Arab daily, Asharq Al Awsat.
Abbas is a regular speaker at the World Economic Forum (Davos), Institute for Public Diplomacy (Berlin) and Aspen Institute Italia. He is a fellow of the US State Department Edward R. Murrow Excellence in Journalism IV program, as well as an associate member of the Cambridge Union Society (CUS). He holds a Masters in Marketing Communications from London’s University of Westminster and a bachelor’s degree from the Lebanese American University.
Arab News, which is based in Jeddah, was founded in 1975. For over 40 years, it has been renowned as Saudi Arabia’s premier English language daily, covering local, regional and international affairs. It is available online via www.arabnews.com and across a number of social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.


Prince Khalid bin Salman: I never told Khashoggi to travel to Turkey

Saudi ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman
Updated 26 min 58 sec ago
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Prince Khalid bin Salman: I never told Khashoggi to travel to Turkey

  • ‘The last contact I had with Mr. Khashoggi was via text on Oct 26 2017’

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman, has said he did not tell Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to go to Turkey, and has requested the US government release information related to the claim, which was made by a US newspaper.
“I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this claim,” Prince Khaled said in a tweet early Saturday morning.

“As we told the Washington Post the last contact I had with Mr. Khashoggi was via text on Oct 26 2017.”
Prince Khalid said that it was unfortunate that the Washington Post failed to publish the full Saudi response. “This is a serious accusation and should not be left to anonymous sources,” said the envoy, and provided a copy of the statement.