Oman News Agency
Oman News Agency was established as per the Royal Decree No. 39/86 on
On 25/6/1997 , Oman Establishment for Press , News, Publication and
Advertising (OEPNPA) was established as per the Royal Decree No. 43/97.
As per the same Royal decree , Oman News Agency has been one of the
units of the Oman Establishment till the issuance of the Royal Decree
No. 75/2006 which transfer Oman News Agency under the jurisdiction of
the Ministry of Information with effect from 16/7/2006. Oman News Agency
falls directly under the Minister of Information.
Prerogatives and Objectives
ONA is the official channel for news about the Sultanate and it is the
centre which receives daily news and reports from the various parts of
the world and reproduces what it sees appropriate through its network to
other media inside the Sultanate and abroad. ONA has successfully
carried out its duties domestically and abroad and it continuously
improves its performance to achieve the following objectives.
- Contributing to developing the Omani citizen through acquainting him
with the local, regional and international developments.
- Receiving local, Gulf, Arab and international accurate, clear and
honest news and reflecting the development efforts in various fields.
- Demonstrating trends of the Public Opinion and the views of officials
accurately and honestly and without jeopardizing the safety or security
of the state or compromising individuals dignity or their rights. This
is in addition to collecting, classifying and analyzing information on
issues and topics of concern to the homeland and citizens in accordance
with the requirements of the public interest.
- Photographing domestic and international events and preparing same for
distribution locally and abroad.
- Preparing interviews and reports to cover various domestic, regional
and international developments to shed light on Oman stands and keep
abreast with national accomplishments in various fields.
- Exchanging, marketing and transmitting its services with domestic,
regional and international media through the signing of agreements with
other media institutions. ONA is linked with several news agencies and
Gulf, Arab and international informational institutions through
- issuing several specialist bulletins in a way that avails as much as
possible of information to its recepients domestically and abroad.
ONA organisational structure includes the following departments:-
- Arabic Editing Department
- English Editing Department
- Photography Department
- Reporters and Correspondents Department
- Reporting and Studies Department
- Archive Department
- Bulletin Preparation Department
- Internet Department
- ONA branch in the Governorate of Dhofar.
ONA daily transmission starts from 8.30 am to 1 am throughout the whole
On national occasions or significant events, transmission may go beyond
this timing or begin earlier. ONA transmits its news through local and
international telegraphic circuits linking ONA headquarters with the
Omani Telecommunications Company (Omantel). It transmits in both Arabic
and English languages by using computers (News Manager) programme.
Editing and transmission is carried out in accordance with the
well-known modern technologies in this field.
Distribution and Bilateral Cooperation
ONA distributes its daily bulletin to local subscribers through direct
lines. ONA is also linked through close cooperation with the News
Agencies of Gulf Cooperation Coucil States and other Arab and foreign
ONA is also linked through bilateral
cooperation agreements with a number of Arab and foreign news agencies
to exchange news and photographs with these agencies.
ONA is a member of the Organisation of Arab News Agencies (FANA) and the
Organisation of Asia Pacific News Agencies (OANA) and a founding member
of Asia Pulse. It also takes part in the annual meetings of the News
Agencies of the Gulf cooperation Council states
Besides transmitting and distributing news, reports and photographs to
its subscribers, ONA also prepares a daily bulletin which includes the
most important developments in the world. ONA provides its personnel all
of whom are Omanis with specialist training courses inside the
Sultanate and abroad ,particularly that it maintains good cooperation
relations with several Gulf, Arab and international news agencies.
Correspondents inside the Sultanate and abroad:
ONA has a number of correspondents in the Sultanate's various regions
and wilayats, as well as other correspondents in several Gulf, Arab and
foreign capitals who enable it to cover local and international
developments and events