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Woman in Saudi media first wants others to follow

Published on Feb 18, 2014 1:49 AM

RIYADH (AFP) - Ms Soumayya Jabarti, the first female editor of a Saudi national daily, hopes to see more women take up top media posts in the ultra-conservative Muslim state.

She was named at the weekend as editor-in-chief of the Saudi Gazette, one of the two main English-language dailies in the Gulf kingdom.

"The success will not be complete unless I see my peers who are also Saudi women in the media take other roles where they are decision-makers," Ms Jabarti said in an interview posted on Al-Arabiya News website.

"There's a crack that has been made in the glass ceiling. And I'm hoping it will be made into a door," said Ms Jabarti, who served as deputy editor since 2011.

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