Country: Saudi Arabia
A member of the influential Saudi Khashoggi family, Jamal
Khashoggi is regarded by many as the country’s most influential journalist,
author and blogger.
He is perhaps most famous for his series of interviews with
Osama Bin Laden. Khashoggi became a journalist in 1985, when he started working
for the Saudi Gazette. He then worked for various newspapers, including Al
Sharq Al Awsat and Al Majalla, before becoming managing editor of Al Madina in
1991, a position he held until 1999.
During that time, he also served as a foreign correspondent.
He served for a short period as editor of Al Watan, but was fired by the
Ministry of Information over a controversial commentary piece about the Saudi
religious establishment. He returned to Al Watan in 2007, but was fired again
Most recently, Khashoggi has been tasked with setting up
Alarab, the 24-hour news channel founded by Prince Alwaleed.