Al-Balad (newspaper)

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Al Balad
Front page of Al-Balad on 4 March 2006
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Al Waseet International
Publisher Al Wataniya
Founded 15 December 2003; 13 years ago (2003-12-15)
Political alignment Liberal
Language Arabic, French
Headquarters Beirut, Lebanon

Al-Balad (Arabic: البلد‎‎) meaning The country, officially Sada Al-Balad (Arabic: صدى البلد‎‎) meaning The echo of the country) is an Arabic-language daily newspaper in Lebanon. Its headquarters is in Beirut.[1] It is a tabloid commercial paper.[2]


Al Balad was first published on 15 December 2003[3][4] and the owner is Al Waseet International.[5] The publisher of the daily is Al Wataniya publishing house.[1][4] The first editor-in-chief is Béchara Charbel.[6] The paper had a liberal stance.[6]

In 2010, Al Balad also began publishing a French language edition.[5] In addition to conventional sections, the paper has a lifestyle section and expanded sports and world affairs sections.[4]


In 2006, a study carried out by Ara'a Company with 2500 participants concluded that Al Balad was read by 18.3% of Lebanese over 15 years of age, being the first in this regard.[7] In the same study it was also found that the paper was the second most popular paper in Lebanon after An Nahar.[7] The Ipsos study in 2006 revealed that Al-Balad had the largest rate of subscribers with 23.8% whereas An Nahar had only 2.6%.[7] The paper was also found to have highest circulation in Lebanon in 2006.[7] A 2009 survey by Ipsos Stat also established that the daily was among the five most popular newspapers in Beirut.[2]

The paper's online version was the 42nd most visited website for 2010 in the MENA region.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Media Landscape". Menassat. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Mapping Digital Media: Lebanon" (PDF). Open Society Foundations. 15 March 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Lebanon. Media Landscape". European Journalism Center. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Profile of MEPA Member" (PDF). MEPA. 14 (14). 1 May 2007. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Many voices". The Business Year. 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Newspaper Launches" (PDF). SFN Flash. 7 (1). 7 January 2004. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Lebanon: Surveys show Beirut's Sada al-Balad most widely circulated paper". BBC Monitoring. 19 October 2006. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Forbes Releases Top 50 MENA Online Newspapers; Lebanon Fails to Make Top 10". Jad Aoun. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 

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