Arab News to launch French edition, appoints Paris Chief Correspondent

Arab News en Français Chief Correspondent in Paris Randa Takieddine (L) and Faisal J. Abbas, Editor-in-Chief of Arab News. (AN Photo)
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Updated 22 June 2020

Arab News to launch French edition, appoints Paris Chief Correspondent

  • Arab News en Français will be the third international digital edition of the leading pan-Arab English language daily

PARIS: Arab News, the Middle East’s leading English-language daily, is to launch a new digital French edition: Arab News en Français. The Riyadh-based daily also announces the appointment of veteran journalist Randa Takieddine as its Chief Correspondent to the French capital, Paris.

The new edition will go live on July 14, coinciding with the French National Day. It will be inaugurated virtually by the French Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, François Gouyette. The launch event will bring together a number of high-profile Arab and French speakers, and will be conducted via a Zoom video conference and live-streamed on YouTube and other Arab News social media platforms. 

Arab News en Français will be the third international digital edition of the leading pan-Arab English language daily. It follows the success of Arab News Pakistan, launched in February 2018, and Arab News Japan, launched in October 2019.

"We are delighted to be launching Arab News en Français as part of our ongoing 'more digital, more global' strategy. This means we can bring our quality journalism to a whole new audience which is of enormous significance to us given France's historic importance to the region and the large number of  French-speaking Arabs worldwide," said Faisal J. Abbas, Editor-in-Chief of Arab News. 

"We are also equally delighted to announce the appointment of Randa Takieddine as our Chief Paris Correspondent. Randa brings years of journalistic experience and a vast understanding of Arab-French relations. She will be supported by a team of highly qualified reporters in Paris and other French speaking Arab and African countries," he added. 

Takeidine has been a bureau chief and has reported in Paris since 1974 for numerous pan Arab publications such as Al Hayat and Annahar. 

Her work has been recognized with the French Legion d’honneur which was bestowed upon her personally by the late President Jacques Chirac. 

"I am honored and pleased to be part of Arab News in Paris and in its new French edition. It is a challenging and exciting task to be contributing to a better understanding of Arab affairs by French public opinion and vice versa," said Takieddine. 

Arab News is part of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG). It has been the English newspaper of record for Saudi Arabia and the region since its establishment in 1975.


US maintains plan for TikTok download ban; court to rule

Updated 26 September 2020

US maintains plan for TikTok download ban; court to rule

  • A Justice Department court filing said it opposes TikTok’s petition for an injunction
  • Donald Trump cited national security concerns and issued orders to ban both TikTok and WeChat

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration said Friday it would not back down from a plan to ban new US downloads of the popular video-sharing app TikTok, setting up a court showdown ahead of a Sunday deadline.
A Justice Department court filing said it opposes TikTok’s petition for an injunction to block the order from President Donald Trump, who has called the Chinese-owned social platform a national security risk.
US District Judge Carl Nichols set a hearing for Sunday at 9a.m. in Washington for TikTok’s request to block the president’s order before it goes into effect at 11:59p.m. Sunday.
The government lawyers said they wanted to file a brief “under seal,” which would not be available as a public record, citing national security and confidential business information.
The court filing said TikTok had tentatively agreed to sealed briefs but would reserve the right to request that some documents be made public.
TikTok has argued that a ban, even if temporary, could cause irreparable harm to the video-sharing application, which has some 100 million US users.
Nichols, who sits on the bench in Washington, told a telephone hearing on Thursday he disagreed with government lawyers’ claims that the ban — which would not immediately prevent usage of TikTok but prevent downloads by new users and updates — “merely preserves the status quo.”
Analysts also pointed out that any ban could prevent users from downloading updates and security patches for TikTok.
Earlier this month, Trump cited national security concerns and issued orders to ban both TikTok and the popular Chinese app WeChat — which has been put on hold in a separate court case in California.
But the TikTok order stops short of a full ban until November 12, giving the Chinese parent firm ByteDance time to conclude a deal to transfer ownership of the app.
A tentative deal unveiled last weekend would make Silicon Valley giant Oracle the technology partner for TikTok and a stakeholder in a new entity to be known as TikTok Global.
The status of the deal, which would include investment from US retail giant Walmart, remained unclear as the parties awaited word on whether it would win approval in Beijing.
As part of its earlier court filing, a statement from TikTok interim head Vanessa Pappas said the proposed ban would be devastating for the social platform, which had been surging in much of the world.
A ban “will cause our user base to stagnate and then precipitously decline,” Pappas said.
She noted that until July 1, when rumors of a ban first began to circulate, TikTok was adding some 424,000 new US users each day.
The TikTok petition also speculated that Trump was retaliating because of reports the app was used by his critics to snatch up tickets to a campaign rally in Tulsa to which they had no intention of going – an event which flopped with significantly fewer people in attendance than expected.