Target: Somayya Jabarti
Goal: Congratulate Somayya Jabarti for becoming the first female editor of a newspaper in her country
Saudi Arabia is known for their oppressive laws against women, so when a woman is poised to become the first female editor of a major newspaper, it is an occasion to rejoice. Somayya Jabarti has been appointed as the editor of the English-language Saudi Gazette.
Jabarti will be taking the place of her long time mentor Khaled Al Maeena, who states that it wasn’t Jabarti’s gender that got her the job, but her merit and work ethic. Maeena did state the goal of hiring on Jabarti as a first female editor has been in the works for a while. He states that the industry is male-dominated and is happy to see Jabarti take on the task and challenge. While Jabarti received lots of praise over social media, the newspaper is awaiting to hear from the local population. Religious interpretations have led to banning females from driving, among other laws that restrict women. Jabarti’s biggest challenge is being accepted by the male journalists who dominate the industry.
Jabarti began her journalism career in 2003 as a reporter and translator for the Arab News and later moved on to the Saudi Gazette. Maeena has also been with Jabarti since Arab News, tutoring and mentoring the woman in the world of journalism. Not only will Jabarti have to contend with discrimination and prejudice, but she must also contend with the challenges of free speech and freedom of press. Saudi Arabia ranks near the bottom of countries around the world in press freedom. Despite arrests made on journalists who report on sensitive issues in Saudi Arabia, Jabarti is still keen on tackling those challenges and paving the way for freedom of press.
Congratulate and support this woman for her efforts. It takes tremendous courage for a woman to take such a controversial position in a country that restricts women’s rights. Perhaps with Jabarti’s aid, the country will acknowledge that freedom of speech and freedom of the press are human rights that cannot be denied.
Dear Somayya Jabarti,
I am writing this letter to congratulate you on becoming the editor of a major newspaper in your country, the Saudi Gazette. I realize that you have become the first female to take on this job, and I hope that you will be accepted into the journalism field. It is difficult to be a female worker in a field that is so male-dominated, but perhaps other women will become courageous and take on jobs like yours once they’ve seen how you have overcome your challenges.
I have no doubts in my mind that you will come across many obstacles in this career, but please rest assured that there are many people in this world who are supporting you. Please ensure that Saudi Arabia gets to enjoy the rights to freedom of press and speech with your work in this newspaper. Congratulations, and I look forward to seeing all that you do to achieve justice in your country.
[Your Name Here]
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