Al Akhbar English

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A Lebanese-based daily newspaper

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"Your foreign correspondent in the Middle East"
Started: 14 August 2006

Owner: Ibrahim Al Amine  (Editor in Chief)
In its own words:
"On August 14 2006, Beirut-based Al-Akhbar was launched as a “calculated adventure” by prominent Lebanese journalist Joseph Samaha and a team of like-minded colleagues. The late Samaha (1949-2007) envisioned a publication that would uphold the highest standards of journalistic integrity while remaining true to the principles of anti-imperialist struggle, progressive politics, and freedom of expression.

The site also features original content of opinion, analysis, and field stories as well as photo blogs chronicling the latest developments across the Middle East."

Language: Arabic

Al Akhbar (Arabic for "The News") is a daily Arabic language newspaper published in a semi tabloid format in Beirut.[1] Until 2015, it also had an English version published on the Internet.

History and profile

The newspaper began to be published and distributed in 2006,[2] and is registered with the same license of the paper of the same name, established in 1953, owned by Akhbar Beirut S.A.L. (News of Beirut). It was established by the late Joseph Samaha (a leftist intellectual and former editor-in-chief of As-Safir)[3] and Ibrahim Al Amin (also a leftist journalist and political analyst). A 2009 survey by Ipsos Stat established that the daily is among the five most popular newspapers in Beirut.[4]

In December 2010, Al Akhbar received and published an advance copy of the US State Department cables by WikiLeaks, after which the newspaper's website was hacked.[5][6] Following this attack, the paper shut down its website for a while.[6] It has since continued to partner with WikiLeaks, and translate Arabic cables.[7] The paper's online version was the 12th most visited website for 2010 in the MENA region.[8]

On 18 July 2011 the paper together with As Safir, another daily published in Lebanon, was banned in Syria.[9]

Al Akhbar‍ '​s English-language website ended operations on 6 March 2015, and plans to shift to a print newspaper were cancelled, in part due to a lack of funds.[10]


Documents sourced from Al Akhbar English

TitleTypeSubject(s)Publication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:"Security Arc" forms amidst Mideast terrorarticle2011 Syrian Insurgency21 December 2013Sharmine NarwaniDeeply perceptive analysis of the developing situation in Syria and the wider Middle East from Sharmine Narwani
Document:Bandar ibn IsraelarticleFalse flag
2011 Syrian Insurgency
Bandar bin Sultan
Saudi Arabia
28 August 2013Sharmine NarwaniThe collusion of Saudi Arabia's Bandar bin Sultan with Israel in acts of terrorist violence in the Middle East through 2013.
Document:Deal or No Deal, Iran's Stock Keeps RisingarticleIran20 November 2013Sharmine Narwani
Document:Questions Plague UN Report on SyriareportSyrian Chemical Weapons Attack
2011 Syrian Insurgency
23 September 2013Sharmine Narwani
Radwan Mortada