State of the media

William A. Rugh, Arab Mass Media (2004), characterizes the Oman press as loyalist, meaning that “the newspapers are consistently loyal to and supportive of the regime in power despite the fact that they are privately owned.” The first weekly newspaper, al-Watan, appeared in 1971. The first daily, Oman, a year later. In total there are six newspapers, three in Arabic and three in English. The government owns Oman and Oman Daily tribune. Others are privately owned. Furthermore, there are about 23 magazines, of which 6 private.