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Founder(s)Tishreen Organization for Press and Publishing
PublisherAl Wahda institution
Editor-in-chiefSamira Al Masalmeh
Founded1975; 43 years ago (1975)
Political alignmentBa'athism
Sister newspapersSyria Times
Al Thawra

Tishreen (in Arabic تشرين meaning October) is one of the state-owned Arabic daily newspapers published in Syria.[1][2] The daily is based in Damascus.[3]

History and profile[edit]

Tishreen was first published in October 1975[4] in addition to two other state-owned dailies, namely Al Baath and Al Thawra, which were launched earlier.[5][6] The daily was named after Arab-Israeli war in October 1973.[5][7] Tishreen Organization for Press and Publishing is the former publisher of the daily.[5] Tishreen Organization also published Syria Times, a defunct English daily and a current e-newspaper.[5] Later Al Wahda institution became the publisher of both publications in addition to Al Thawra.[8]

In 1997, Tishreen launched its website.[9] The 1992 circulation of the paper was 75,000 copies.[3] Daily circulation of Tishreen was nearly 60,000 in the mid-2000s.[5] The paper's online version was the 48ht most visited website for 2010 in the MENA region.[10]

Although the daily is owned by the state, it has a critical stance on local news, especially in regard to corruption and mismanagement.[11] By 2004 the paper became a platform to support for the charities in the country along with Al Thawra.[12]

Mohammad Kheir Al Wadi served as the editor-in-chief of Tishreen.[13] The current editor-in-chief is Samira Al Masalmeh who was appointed to the post in January 2012.[14] She is the first female editor-in-chief in the country.[14] Tishreen also has an English news portal, Syria Millennium, which is accessed through its website.[15]


Mohammad Kheir Al Wadi, then editor-in-chief, wrote in January 2000 "Zionism created the Holocaust myth to blackmail and terrorize the world's intellectuals and politicians."[13]


The website of Tishreen was hacked by unknown groups in late April 2011.[16] In December 2012, Naji Assaad, a journalist for the daily, was assassinated in Damascus allegedly by opposition forces who have been fighting against the Assad government in the country since 2011.[17]

See also[edit]

List of newspapers in Syria


  1. ^ Judith Pies; Philip Madanat (June 2011). "Media Accountability Practices Online in Syria" (PDF). MediaAct (10/2011). Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  2. ^ David Commins; David W. Lesch (5 December 2013). Historical Dictionary of Syria. Scarecrow Press. p. 253. ISBN 978-0-8108-7966-9. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b Arvind Singhal; Vijay Krishna (1994). "Syria". In Yahya R. Kamalipour; Hamid Mowlana. Mass Media in the Middle East: A Comprehensive Handbook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. p. 265. Retrieved 2 October 2013. – via Questia (subscription required)
  4. ^ Salam Kawakibi (2010). "The Private Media in Syria" (PDF). University of Amsterdam and Hivos. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e Alan George (6 September 2003). Syria: Neither Bread Nor Freedom. Zed Books. p. 125. ISBN 978-1-84277-213-3. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Media sustainability index 2006/2007" (PDF). IREX. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  7. ^ Miriam Cooke (14 August 2007). Dissident Syria: Making Oppositional Arts Official. Duke University Press. p. 8. ISBN 0-8223-4035-6. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  8. ^ "Syria's Pavilion Best at Tehran's International Exhibition of the Press and News Agencies". Syrian Arab News Agency. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2013.
  9. ^ George, Alan (October 2000). "Syrian Surfers Take to the Net". The Middle East. Retrieved 2 October 2013. – via Questia (subscription required)
  10. ^ "Forbes Releases Top 50 MENA Online Newspapers; Lebanon Fails to Make Top 10". Jad Aoun. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  11. ^ "Syria". The Arab Press Network. Archived from the original on 25 August 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  12. ^ Laura Ruiz de Elvira (2012). "State-Charities Relations in Syria: between Reinforcement, Control and Coercion". Civil Society and the State in Syria: The Outsourcing of Social Responsibility (PDF). Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  13. ^ a b Robert S. Wistrich. "Muslim Anti-Semitism: A Clear and Present Danger" (PDF). IPFW. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  14. ^ a b "The Norwegian Embassy meets Tishreen newspaper's female editor-in-chief". Norwegian Embassy. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  15. ^ "Syria Millennium". Tishreen. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  16. ^ "Websites of Tishreen Newspaper and People's Assembly Hacked". SANA. 29 April 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2013. – via Highbeam (subscription required)
  17. ^ "Pro-government newspaper journalist killed in Syria". Doha Centre for Media Freedom. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2013.

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