It’s quite a mark of progress, sharing issue 100 of the National Yemen with you this week. Without our ambitious plans – which we have continued to carry out until the present day – we wouldn’t have been able to make it happen.
The one hundredth issue brings me back to the challenges faced with the very first issue, when the dual concerns of creating stories and being financially viable made the choice to take on journalism and publishing a very challenging one. For both the first and present issues, we published twenty pages; both were/are profitable. Such measurable success gives the National Yemen team a strong push to continue its efforts day and night.
As you may realize, Yemen’s political scene hasn’t given its people real opportunities to create a truly independent journalistic standard. Corruption has played a vital role in Yemen’s journalistic field. Reporting that fails to effect changes in society or the government has been the norm, and has done next to nothing to help Yemen’s people achieve their goals.
Up until the present issue, the National Yemen editorial team – including local staff, editors and expats – has managed to protect and maintain the paper’s professional standards in a transparent manner. Such standards allowed the paper to remain neutral during the political difficulties experienced in the country in 2011, and now in 2012.
NGO’s, businesses and diplomatic missions continue watching and recording what is good for them in the press, but rarely turn to support the sustainability of strong journalism, and simply because they don’t wish to have direct involvement with something which could harm their failing projects – from small projects and the political transition process to local and international NGO projects which harvest financial benefits at every turn.
By the Editor
Finances will continue to be an issue for continued operations, and so too will political harassment. Nonetheless, our vision of an independent newspaper is one that has managed to survive.
The National Yemen does not believe in producing facile content to serve particular political agendas in return for a profit. At the same time, we’ve been able to attract great talent to our offices, including 72 local staff and 19 foreign editors from the National Yemen’s inception.
Over the course of 100 issues, the National Yemen has gained a great deal of respect – both in the marketplace and among decision-makers. As we compete head-on against newspapers that have been in print for decades, we look forward to providing factual and objective journalism in an increasingly prosperous Yemen.