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Board Chief & Editor-in-Chief

Mr. Nasr Taha Mustafa

Deputy Board Chief & Deputy Editor-in-Chief

Mr. Rajeh Ali Al-Jabubi

Head Office
Sana'a Al-Hasaba
Al-Jama'ah Al-Arabia-Street;
5-Story Office Building and Printing Plant.

Saba Products

1) General News Services in Arabic for media subscribers delivered 24 hours via leased lines and dial-up facility
2) Daily News Bulletin in Arabic for the public and private sectors. Nation-wide delivery through messengers and mail
3) Daily News Bulletin in English for the foreign community in Sana’a and Aden. Delivery by hand.
4) Economic SABA. a new national magazine focusing on key issues in business, finance and trade to encourage free expert debate published bi-weekly
5) SABA Special File. First hand source material for VIPs delivered nightly via leased liner and remote access
6) SABA Dairy. a calendar of topics published monthly
7) SABA Almanac. A chronicle of top Yemeni events of the year issued annually

A On-Line. The agency’s world-wide window on the Internet
9) Diverse Job Printing including newspapers, brochures and stationery, manufactured by
SABA’s new offset printing plant

 

Saba Bureaus

Washington
Tel+ 1-202-9654781
Fax 3372017
London

Fax+44-181-2034773
Damascus

Tel + 963 - 1-14453189
Fax 14423756
Addis Ababa

Tel + 251 - 1-753944
Al-Mahraa

Tel/.Fax 05-612289
Taiz

Tel/.Fax 04-224377 
Cairo
Tel+202-3614224
Fax 3604815
Sayun
Tel 05-402595
Fax 05-202559
Lahj
Tel/.Fax 20-502141
Abyan
Tel/.Fax 02-604280
Aden
Tel-. 02-203211/.203270
Fax 02-205911
Shabwa
Tel 05-202543
Fax 05-202559
Hodaidah
Tel/.Fax 03-238072
Mukalla
Tel 05-301117
Fax 05-354236

General
Saba is the national News Agency of the Republic of Yemen.
It delivers its daily and periodical information output to over 1000 subscribers and customers in Yemen and abroad via leased lines, dial-up, satellite circuits, the Internet, surface mail, and messengers. A modern International Message Switching (IMS) system has been operated since the early 1990s, and remote access has been used for years. One of Saba’s strong points in news coverage are the nine branch offices in the provinces, called Governorates. Saba’s own correspondents also regularly report from International centers including Cairo, Damascus, London, New York and Addis Ababa.
Earlier this year  Saba added a modern offset printing press to its job printing operation providing for broad commercial use.
History
The Yemen News Agency Saba was founded on 22 May 1990 through the merger of the then  Saba News Agency (SNA) of north Yemen and the Aden News Agency (ANA) of south Yemen as a result of the country’s re-unification. Both national news Bureaux had originally been established in 1970.
Today’s Saba is a member of the Federation of Arab News Agencies (FANA), and of the Non-Aligned News Agencies (NANA).
Saba has concluded CO-operation agreements with numerous regional and international news agencies and enjoys a comprehensive information exchange.
Legal Framework
Saba’s activities are governed by a number of documents the most important of which included the Constitution of 1994, the Press Law of 1990, the Republican (ie (Presidential) decree of 1997 the Government’s Media policy (adopted by Parliament) of 1995, and Saba’s by-laws of 1998.
Although Saba reports to the Ministry of Information, the Constitution guarantees freedom of thought and expression of opinion in speech, writing and photography. It also stipulates that the political system of the country is based on political and partisan pluralism. The national economy rests on freedom of economic activity.
The Press Law outlines Saba as an institution of the press which monitors and seeks news, prepares news reports, produces written, audio and visual investigations and analyses, and distributes them by various means.
it says that the press shall be independent and shall have full freedom to practice its vocation. it shall serve society, form public opinion and express its different views.
it stipulates that press shall be free to print what it pleases and to gather news and information from their sources. A journalist has the right to persue official reports, facts, information and data, and authorities possessing such items shall make it possible for him/.her to have congnisance of and to use them, according to the law.
The President instructs  Saba in his Republican Decree
- to expand and diversify its services and broaden its subscriber base in the entire society, in particular in the commercial sector,
- to provide the official and non-official media as well as the Arab and the international newspapers with information, analyses, comments, reports and illustrated features in the political and economic fields, and
- to promote the accomplishments and opportunities available in the field of economic, cultural and social development.
It also stipulates that the administration of the agency be run by a nine-member Board of ( executive and non-executive) directors appointed by the cabinet upon proposal by the Minister of Information.
The government’s Media policy for state- owned media calls for objectively and credibility, and journalists are required to react to the concerns and issues of the citizens and let them participate in the media to express their views. the media should provide on-the-sport coverage as much as possible to ensure authenticity. Two other key provisions call on journalists to shed light on all aspects of their story and their possible development with the help of officials and the concerned people; and to conduct interviews to reveal what has happened during meetings of the President, Vice-President, Speaker of Parliament, Prime Minister etc with any visiting personality whether from within Yemen or from outside.
Saba’s by- laws instruct the agency inter alia to cover all official and non-official activities and report them as they happen, and fast; to prepare reports about all domestic and international affairs; to collect the full news from its sources, to provide the domestic newspapers, magazines, agencies, documentation centers, as well as Arab and foreign magazines with diverse stories and topics.
44 Scope of editorial Work
Saba’s News and Editing desks gather information through their nine bureaux in the governorates ie Aden, Abyan, al-Mahrah, Mukalla, Taiz, Hodaidah, Lahj, Sayun and Shabwah; its own foreign correspondents; reporters in the capital Sana’a; by way of subscribing to more than ten regional and international news Agencies ( including all Arab agencies plus Reuters, AFP, UPI, and Itar-Tass), and through constant comprehensive monitoring of key international radio stations.
This wealth of material is then processed and condensed and either passed on to the media as domestic or foreign news files (see product list in the margin) in the form of raw material.
Or it is re-written and enriched with explanation, background and additional copy to be published as value-added information in Saba’s expert publications (eg Economic  Saba).
Like the Economic  Saba, the Arabic and English bulletins, and Saba-online come under the supervision of the Editing desk.
All publications, however, draw on the core news product that is put together by the News and Editing desks
The News desk, in addition to its reporting job, also has three photographers attached to it that deliver diverse news pictures in order to illustrate news reports, features and analyses. their still pictures are also used by the TV stations. The news desk also is involved in investigative reporting.
Saba’s Documentation offers its services as Information broker. documents and clippings reaching back more than 20 years from the basis for research and documentation jobs that our Information brokers handle.
Support
Saba’s Technical department delivers the agency’s source material from near and far via a modern IMS to the desks, and passes on services for clients through a multi-point distribution system. There are 17 lines to clients in Sana’a, Taiz and Aden.
Production is facilitated with the help of editorial computer systems that operate Microsoft and Macintosh software.allocations include funds for addressing the Y2K problem, expanding the existing LAN, introducing an automated archiving system, increasing remote access ports for commercial use, and a Vast Polycom satellite distribution feed for overseas.
Saba’s Finance & Administration department serves the nation-wide organization and its 350-odd staff with accounting, supplies, and maintenance. The staff department will be transformed into an efficient Human Resources facility that will implement a modern training policy for achieving the new corporate objectives of the organization. The infant commercial department is being reformed into a full-fledged marketing bureau that will take care of growth through innovative and competitive products