|Publisher||Dar Al Safir|
|Founded||26 March 1974|
History and profile
As Safir was first published by Talal Salman on 26 March 1974 as an Arabic political daily. Talal Salman also served as chief editor of the paper. In 2005, daily's chief editor was late Joseph Samaha. The publisher of the daily is Dar Al Safir.
As Safir states its mission as to be "the newspaper of the Arab world in Lebanon, and the newspaper of Lebanon in the Arab world." This remains the slogan printed on the paper's masthead. The paper provided an independent voice for the left-wing, Pan Arab tendency which was increasingly active in Lebanese intellectual and political life in the years after the Arab defeat in the Six-Day War. It also focuses on Muslim interests, advocating Arab nationalism, and is close to Hezbollah and has a pro-Syrian stance.
Another Lebanese daily An Nahar is cited as the rival of As Safir. In the mid-1990s, the paper was described as a left-of-center paper, whereas An Nahar as a right-of-center paper. During the same period As Safir was also described by Robert Fisk as a Syrian-backed newspaper. In the 2000s these papers were again supporters of two opposite poles in Lebanon in that An Nahar is a supporter of March 14 alliance, whereas As Safir supported March 8 alliance.
After the assassination of Rafik Hariri on 14 February 2005, Talal Salman wrote "Some want to use his death as a catalyst to create sectarian strife to complete the schemes of the Israeli occupation in Palestine and the American occupation of Iraq."
Circulation and websites
The paper had the second highest circulation in the 1990s after An Nahar. In 2012, the Lebanese Ministry of Information stated that the daily had a circulation of 50,000 copies, being the first in the country.
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