In a country
where working for a media outlet has become synonymous with threats,
kidnappings and killings, Iraqi Kurdistan remains a relatively safe
area. Media outlets in the autonomous entity, located in northern Iraq,
also have a longer tradition of independence than the rest of Iraq.
However, running a newspaper in Kurdistan is still a challenge,
characterized by issues similar to those in other parts of Iraq, or
other places in the world where media are under pressure.
The Iraqi independent daily Assabah Al Jadeed
fights to build a strong business while waiting for better times to
come. In an environment where difficulties are the rule, its
Editor-In-Chief, Ismael Zayer, has managed to balance the paper’s
expenditures and income and has just signed and agreement with the
Danish media group Politiken to develop his newspaper.
Al Watan is
the newest newspaper in the highly competitive Saudi market. It was
launched in 2000 and has become one of the leading newspapers in the
country. “Al Watan leads the newspaper industry in Saudi Arabia,” says
its Editor-in-Chief, Othman Mahmoud Al Sini.
peace in Sudan were not the only thing to improve when President Bashir
entered into a power sharing government with the Southern People’s
Liberation Movement (SPLM) in July 2005. The prospects for newspapers
have also improved. During a visit to Sudan in December, APN spoke with Maghoub Mohamed Salih, editor in chief of Al Ayaam newspaper, and WAN’s 2005 Golden Pen of Freedom laureate.
Two years ago, the Warsan
newspaper was launched in the worst environment one can imagine: a
country dominated by warlords, with no government, and without one
single printing press – Somalia. Against all odds, Warsan has managed
to survive and grow. More
is one of Algeria’s most trusted and popular newspapers. Despite
continued pressure and interference from the government, the paper has
managed to gain editorial and financial independence. Three major
business decisions have been crucial in that battle.