Al Liwaa

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Al Liwaa
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Founder(s) Abed Al Ghani Salem
Publisher Dar Al Liwaa for Press and Publishing
Editor-in-chief Salah Salem
Founded 1963; 54 years ago (1963)
Language Arabic
Headquarters Beirut
Website Al Liwaa

Al Liwaa (in Arabic اللواء meaning The Flag in English) is an Arabic daily newspaper published in Lebanon and headquartered in Beirut.[1][2] It is one of the leading Arabic dailies in the country.[3] In addition, it is one of the oldest publications in Lebanon.

History and profile[edit]

Al Liwaa was founded in 1963.[4][5] The publisher of the paper founded by Abed Al Ghani Salem is Dar Al Liwaa for Press and Publishing.[6][7] Salah Salem is editor-in-chief of the daily.[8] The daily has a pro-March 14 alliance stance.[4][9] It is published in broadsheet format.[10]

Distribution and circulation[edit]

Al Liwaa is distributed across both Arab countries such as Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Syria, and in Europe including France, Britain, Greece, Portugal, and Spain.[7] Its circulation in 2003 was 26,000 copies.[5]

Charges and attacks[edit]

In 1996, Al Liwaa was charged by the government with defaming the president and prime minister, and publishing materials deemed provocative to one religious sect.[11] In July 2003, Amer Mashmoushi, a journalist for the daily, was charged with insulting the then president, Emile Lahoud.[12]

In July 2010, Hossam Al Hassan, a journalist for Al Liwaa, was attacked while reporting at the funeral of Sheikh Adel Abu Shanab Tinal at Tenal mosque in Tripoli.[13] Upon this event the paper accused Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah for the incident in an editorial.[13]

See also[edit]

List of newspapers in Lebanon


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  8. ^ Dahlia Nehme (10 September 2013). "Baalbaki resigns as Press Federation head at age 92". The Daily Star. Beirut. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Dalila Mahdawi (5 August 2008). "Future Movement undergoing 'structural reorganization'". The Daily Star. Beirut. Retrieved 9 December 2013.  – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  10. ^ "World Press Trends" (PDF). World Association of Newspapers. Paris. 2004. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  11. ^ William A. Rugh (2004). Arab Mass Media: Newspapers, Radio, and Television in Arab Politics. Westport: Praeger. p. 98. Retrieved 21 January 2014.  – via Questia (subscription required)
  12. ^ "Authorities sue journalist for insulting president". Associated Press. 22 July 2003. Retrieved 9 December 2013.  – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  13. ^ a b "Al Liwaa Journalist attacked in Tripoli". Ya Libnan. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2013.