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Type Daily
Format Broadsheet
Publisher Al-Nahdah Publishing House
Editor-in-chief Charles Ayoub
Founded 1941; 73 years ago (1941)
Language Arabic
Headquarters Beirut, Lebanon
Official website Website

Ad-Diyar (Arabic: الديار‎) , is an Arabic-language daily newspaper published in Lebanon.

History and orientation[edit]

The paper was first published in 1941 as an Arabic political daily.[1] Saudi Prince Al Waleed bin Talal Al Saud has a stake in the paper.[2] The editor-in-chief of the paper is Charles Ayoub.[3] Leading Lebanese caricaturist Pierre Sadek worked for the daily.[4]

The paper is reported to be pro-Syrian.[3][5] In addition, the daily has close ideological links to the Syrian Social Nationalist Party.[1][3] The daily gained significant popularity in 1987 when it publicly criticized the militia leaders.[6]


Ad Diyar was closed by Michel Aoun, then interim Lebanese prime minister and army commander, in January 1990 due to its clash with Aoun policies.[7] The daily was also banned in Syria on 22 April 2009 due to the criticisms of its editor-in-chief pro-Syrian politician Charles Ayoub against another pro-Syrian politician Michel Aoun.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Ad Diyar". The Arab Press Network. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Paul Cochrane. "Saudi Arabia’s Media Influence". Arab Media and Society. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Dajani, Nabil (Summer 2013). "The Myth of Media Freedom in Lebanon". Arab Media and Society (18). Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Elie Hajj (26 April 2013). "Pierre Sadek Defended the Right to Criticize Until His Dying Breath". Al Monitor. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Avraham, H. (3 November 2006). "Lebanon Faces Political Crisis in Aftermath of War: Tensions Escalate Between ‘March 14 Forces’ and Hizbullah, Pro-Syrian Camp" (Inquiry and Analysis Series Report No.299). MEMRI. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Yahya R. Kamalipour; Hamid Mowlana (1994). Mass Media in the Middle East: A Comprehensive Handbook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Retrieved 9 September 2013.   – via Questia (subscription required)
  7. ^ Ihsan A. Hijazi (19 January 1990). "A Second Newspaper Is Shut by Lebanese General". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Syria bans Lebanese newspaper for criticizing Aoun". Ya Libnan. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 19 September 2013.