Al Ra'i (Jordanian newspaper)

Al Ra'i (Arabic: الرأي‎, meaning "The Opinion"), also spelled Alrai, is an Arabic daily newspaper in Jordan. The Jordan Press Foundation, owner of the Al Rai, is government-owned.

Al Rai
The front page on 29 October 2010
Owner(s)Jordan Press Foundation
Founder(s)Jordan Press Foundation
Editor-in-chiefTariq Al-Momani
Founded2 June 1971
HeadquartersAmman, Jordan
Sister newspapersThe Jordan Times
WebsiteAl Ra'i website


After the occupation of the West Bank in June 1967, Jordan needed a media arm to transmit the government's point of view, the only newspaper that was published in Jordan at the time was Ad-Dustour, an independent newspaper from Amman.

On 13 May 1971, the Jordanian Prime Minister Wasfi al-Tal issued law number 26 in 1971 to establish the Jordan Press Foundation which is the publisher.[1][2] On 2 June 1971, the first issue of Al Rai was published.[3] The daily was the second newspaper to be published by a company owned by the Jordanian government. The first being Al Sharq Al Arabi (صحيفة الشرق العربي), which had its first issue published in 1923. The newspaper is owned and published by Jordan Press Foundation.[3] The company later began to publish an English daily, The Jordan Times.[4]

Al Rai launched its Palestinian edition on 5 October 2005.[1] In August 2008, the daily started its e-journal, Minbar Al Rai, and in May 2009 it launched a weekly newspaper for advertisements.[3]

Its estimated circulation was 45,000 copies in 1985 whereas it was 90,000 copies in 2003.[5] The officials of the paper stated that the daily's circulation was 80,000 in 2010.[3]

Content and staffEdit

The newspaper is composed of five sections:

  • Mahalleyyat (Local news)
  • Arabs and the World: Section for international news.
  • Sports
  • Economy
  • Literature and Arts

The editors-in-chief of Al Ra'i are appointed by the Jordanian government.[6] The former editors-in-chief of the daily include Abdul Wahab Zaghilat,[7] Samih Maaytah[8] and Mohammad Tal.[9] In late 2011 Majid Asfour was appointed editor-in-chief.[8] Tariq AL-Momani is the current editor-in-chief of the paper.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Al Rai Newspaper Launches a Palestinian Edition". The Arab Press Network. 13 October 2005. Archived from the original on 10 September 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  2. ^ Adam Jones (1999). "The Jordanian Media System: Broad Outlines". Free Servers. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e Muath Freij (3 June 2013). "Al Rai celebrates 42nd anniversary". The Jordan Times. Amman. Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Jordan Press Foundation - Al-Rai (PRES)" (PDF). ABC Investments. 28 July 2009. Archived from the original (Report) on 19 January 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  5. ^ William A. Rugh (2004). Arab Mass Media: Newspapers, Radio, and Television in Arab Politics. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-275-98212-6.
  6. ^ Carolyn M. Byerly (2013). The Palgrave International Handbook of Women and Journalism. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 421. ISBN 978-1-137-27324-6.
  7. ^ "Arab Media Review (January-June 2012)" (PDF). Anti-Defamation League. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Maaytah to Head Al Arab Al Yawm, Ghnaimat chief editor of Al Ghad daily". Ammon News. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  9. ^ "Jordanian paper gets new board of directors". Wikileaks. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2014.