Saudi media group SRMG announces launch of Independent Arabia

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Independent Arabia has been launched on Thursday in a new collaboration between the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG) and the UK online publisher The Independent.

SRMG announced the appointment of Saudi journalist and political analyst Adhwan al-Ahmary as editor-in-chief of the online platform, while the new service will be staffed by a team of experienced journalists from Saudi Arabia and the Arab world and will be based in London.

Independent-branded digital properties will be launched in Arabic, Turkish, Urdu and Persian.

Al-Ahmary told Al Arabiya English that this venture is considered “a very unique experience and it is the first of its kind in the Middle East."

"To have a project in four languages is a big challenge and I am honored and very proud to be part of it," al-Ahmary said.

He added that the portal will be for readers who are interested in thorough deep independent coverage and are not looking for breaking news.

Replying to a question on how independent the coverage will be in relation to issues from the region, specifically from Saudi Arabia, al-Ahmary said: “First of all, we are 'Independent' and we do not belong to any party. We promise the readers objectivity and the highest journalistic standards. We will leave it to the readers to judge our coverage, and time will proof that we are independent.”

The launch of the news service - - marks the first phase of a deal between SRMG and the publisher of The Independent.

The four foreign-language sites will feature translated articles from alongside content from the teams of SRMG journalists based in London, Islamabad, Istanbul and New York, as well as operations teams in Riyadh and Dubai, according to an announcement following the licensing agreement.

SRMG is also the publisher of Arab News and Asharq Al-Awsat.

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