Khalid bin Hamed Al-Malik has been the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Journalists Association since 2016. Prior to that, he served as vice chairman from 2004.
He is also the editor-in-chief of Al-Jazirah newspaper, and was elected president of the Gulf Press Union in 2017.
Previously, Al-Malik worked in many governmental institutions such as the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and for the Saudi Board of Grievances.
His career in journalism took off as an editor for Al-Riyadh newspaper, Al-Yamamah magazine and at Al-Jazirah, while he has written for most Saudi newspapers.
He became the editor-in-chief of Al-Jazirah in 1972, and under his stewardship, it became a daily instead of a weekly. He served for 13 years before leaving, only to be appointed to the post again in 1999.
Al-Malik was the first Saudi newspaper editor to deliver a speech in Arabic at the World Newspaper Congress in South Africa in 2007.
Recently, the Saudi Journalists Association announced the first Saudi Media Forum under the title “Media Industry: Opportunities and Challenges,” and the launching of the Saudi Media Awards, to take place in conjunction with the forum by the end of November 2019.
The forum aims to provide the opportunity to discuss challenges facing the industry.
Al-Malik said the forum is set to become an annual event to cement Riyadh’s place as the Arab world’s media capital.