• Short Summary

    Europe's first Arabic weekly newspaper, Al Maana, has started publication with a flourish, claiming two international scoops in its first two issues.

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    Europe's first Arabic weekly newspaper, Al Maana, has started publication with a flourish, claiming two international scoops in its first two issues.

    SYNOPSIS: The newspaper is published in Reading, about 40 miles (60 kilometres) from London, but its editorial offices are in the capital. Al Maana has correspondents in All Arab countries as well as in other parts of the world, and its staff in London include Arabs and English journalists.

    The first issue, on October 29, scooped the world press on the identities and background of the gang who hijacked the Lutfhansa airliner which was eventually rescued in West German Commando raid at Somalia's Mogadishu airport. It second issue identified the hijacker's leader, Captain Walter Mahmud, as the alleged killer of Qadi Abdullah al-Hajari, a former yemen Arab Republic Prime Minister. Publishers, Riad El-Rayyes tells of the scoops.

    Al Maana currently has a circulation of about 23,000, but its owners hopes this will be trebled by the end of the year. It is circulated throughout Europe and the Middle East and, by the middle of next year. it could be published daily. The newspaper in financed by Arab and British funds and all staff members are shareholders. It is published by Portico Publications, which is also responsible for publishing "Arabia and the Gulf"-a weekly review of Arab political and economic affairs.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4C11BJIB6XUM2EV6NB96O2AYS
    Media URN:
    VLVA4C11BJIB6XUM2EV6NB96O2AYS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/11/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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