Chief & Editor-in-Chief
Nasr Taha Mustafa
Board Chief & Deputy Editor-in-Chief
Mr. Rajeh Ali Al-Jabubi
5-Story Office Building and Printing Plant.
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
4) Economic SABA. a new national magazine
focusing on key issues in business, finance and
trade to encourage free expert debate published
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
7) SABA Almanac. A chronicle of
top Yemeni events of the year issued annually
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
Tel + 963 - 1-14453189
Tel + 251 - 1-753944
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
Earlier this year added a modern
offset printing press to its job printing operation providing
for broad commercial use.
The Yemen News Agency Saba was founded on 22 May 1990
through the merger of the then
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
Today’s is a member of the Federation
of Arab News Agencies (FANA), and of the Non-Aligned News
has concluded CO-operation agreements
with numerous regional and international news agencies
and enjoys a comprehensive information exchange.
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 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 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
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
The President instructs in his
- 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
’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
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 ).
Like the Economic , the Arabic
and English bulletins, and -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
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.
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