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Wed 26 Mar 2014 03:56 PM
Somayya Jabarti

Company: Saudi Gazette

Designation: Editor-in-Chief

Country: Saudi Arabia

Somayya Jabarti is the first woman ever to take control of one of Saudi Arabia’s newspapers.

The appointment of Somayya Jabarti, who has worked in media for more than a decade, including at the Saudi Gazette’s rival paper Arab News, is a milestone in a country where women’s rights are limited.

“It was not a question of gender but of merit that decided and earned her this opportunity,” the outgoing editor-in-chief Khaled Almaeena wrote in a farewell letter posted on the newspaper’s website.

“She is determined and dedicated, and I can assure her and the team that I will be there to assist and advise, so that Saudi Gazette further advances as a media unit in a highly competitive and digital age.”

Breaking the glass ceiling

Somayya Jabarti is the first female editor in chief of a Saudi daily newspaper.