|Founder(s)||Abed Al Ghani Salem|
|Publisher||Dar Al Liwaa for Press and Publishing|
Al Liwaa (in Arabic اللواء meaning The Flag in English) is an Arabic daily newspaper published in Lebanon and headquartered in Beirut. It is one of the leading Arabic dailies in the country. In addition, it is one of the oldest publications in Lebanon.
History and profile
Al Liwaa was founded in 1963. The publisher of the paper founded by Abed Al Ghani Salem is Dar Al Liwaa for Press and Publishing. Salah Salem is editor-in-chief of the daily. The daily has a pro-March 14 alliance stance. It is published in broadsheet format.
Distribution and circulation
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. Its circulation in 2003 was 26,000 copies.
Charges and attacks
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. In July 2003, Amer Mashmoushi, a journalist for the daily, was charged with insulting the then president, Emile Lahoud.
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. Upon this event the paper accused Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah for the incident in an editorial.
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