Riyadh Daily ceases publication

Riyadh Daily, one of three English-language newspapers in Saudi Arabia, ceased publication for financial reasons, its editor said. The last issue of the paper was released on December 31, 2003.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  January 1, 2004

Riyadh Daily, one of three English-language newspapers in Saudi Arabia, ceased publication for financial reasons, its editor said. The last issue of the paper was released on December 31, 2003. “The board of directors decided to cease publication because the newspaper was making losses,” commented Talaat Wafa, editor. The decision was taken seven months ago and the newspaper's staff, essentially Asians, received all their dues, he said in an AFP report. Wafa said there were no editorial reasons for ceasing publication of the daily, which first hit the newsstands 19 years ago. Al Yamama publishing house, which put out Riyadh Daily, is also publisher of the leading Arabic daily Al Riyadh. In addition to the two surviving English-language dailies -- Arab News and Saudi Gazette -- Saudi Arabia has eight Arabic-language dailies and a business newspaper.

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