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Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Publisher Al-Nahdah Publishing House
Editor-in-chief Charles Ayoub
Founded 1941; 76 years ago (1941)
Language Arabic
Headquarters Beirut, Lebanon
Website Official Website

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


Ad Diyar was first published in 1941 as an Arabic political daily[1][2] that is published in broadsheet format.[3]

The editor-in-chief of the paper is Charles Ayoub.[4] Leading Lebanese caricaturist Pierre Sadek worked for the daily.[5]

The circulation of Ad Diyar was 20,000 copies in 2003, making it the third best selling newspaper in Lebanon.[3]


The paper is reported to be pro-Syrian.[4][6] In addition, the daily has close ideological links to the Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP).[1][4] The daily gained significant popularity in 1987 when it publicly criticized the militia leaders.[7]

Ad Diyar was temporarily closed by Michel Aoun, then interim Lebanese prime minister and army commander, in January 1990 due to its clash with Aoun policies.[8] The newspaper resumed publication much later.


  1. ^ a b "Ad Diyar". The Arab Press Network. Archived from the original on 10 March 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Lebanese media coverage of oil and gas sector" (PDF). SKeyes. August 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2014. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b "World Press Trends" (PDF). Paris: World Association of Newspapers. 2004. Retrieved 15 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Dajani, Nabil (Summer 2013). "The Myth of Media Freedom in Lebanon" (PDF). Arab Media and Society (18). Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Elie Hajj (26 April 2013). "Pierre Sadek Defended the Right to Criticize Until His Dying Breath". Al Monitor. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ Ihsan A. Hijazi (19 January 1990). "A Second Newspaper Is Shut by Lebanese General". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 September 2013.