Al-Bilad (Saudi newspaper)

For the another daily published in Bahrain, see Al Bilad (Bahraini newspaper).
Al Bilad
Type Daily newspaper
Editor-in-chief Moanes Al Mardi
Founded 1932 (1932)
Language Arabic
Headquarters Jeddah

Al-Bilad (Arabic: البلاد, lit. 'The Country') is a Saudi Arabian daily newspaper located in Jeddah.[1][2][3]


It is one of the oldest newspapers in Saudi Arabia, having been established in April 1932.[4][5]

In 1960, after Israel captured German Nazi and SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann, the newspaper ran a headline entitled: "Capture of Eichmann, who had the honor of killing five million Jews".[6][7]

In 1978, the newspaper reported a story that was subsequently picked up by the Associated Press concerning a father who mistakenly gave away his two veiled daughters to the wrong bridegrooms in a double wedding. The couples were happy with the result and decided not to divorce.[8]

Hamza Kashgari worked for the newspaper as a columnist.[9] On 7 February 2012, Al-Bilad issued a statement saying that they had fired Kashgari five weeks earlier "because of the inadequacy of his general views for the approach of the newspaper."[10]

See also

List of newspapers in Saudi Arabia


  1. "Jordan: "Al Bilad" editor detained through penal code article 150". Goliath. 20 March 2002. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  2. Oil Prices to Rise 5 pct., Saudi newspaper says, The Deseret News, 11 December 1978, Retrieved 14 February 2012
  3. "Saudi Arabia: Oldest daily to close due to financial problems". SPA. 8 January 2002. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  4. David E. Long (2005). Culture and customs of Saudi Arabia. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780313320217. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  5. Aarti Nagraj (26 March 2013). "Revealed: 10 Oldest Newspapers In The GCC". Gulf Business. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  6. David Patterson (2005). A Genealogy of Evil: Anti-Semitism from Nazism to Islamic Jihad. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780521132619. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  7. Laurent Murawiec (2005). Princes of darkness: the Saudi assault on the West. Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN 9780742542785. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  8. "Moslem Brides Mismatched", Lakeland Ledger, 29 December 1978, Retrieved 14 February 2012
  9. "Sacrilegious Saudi writer arrested in Malaysia". Emirates 24/7. 9 February 2012. Archived from the original on 10 February 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  10. "مصادر "سبق": "كشغري" غادر المملكة هارباً إلى ماليزيا". صحيفة سبق الإلكترونية. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
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