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“Your foreign correspondent in the Middle East”

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.

Five years later, Al-Akhbar embarks on another calculated adventure amid a period of historic significance in the region - the year of the Arab uprisings. By providing much-needed in-depth reporting on the uprisings and other news in the region, Al-Akhbar English will reflect the diverse and dynamic realities that make up the communities undergoing these transformations. The English edition also aims to make debates and analyses circulating in the Arabic media sphere accessible to English speakers worldwide. Al-Akhbar depends on young and creative writers that challenge conventional forms of reporting and aspires to speak truth to power. Al-Akhbar English intends to preserve this tradition by translating selected articles from the Arabic edition for an international readership.

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.

English Edition Staff

Managing Editor
Nour Samaha

Deputy Managing Editor
Lara Bitar

News Desk
Marc Abizeid
Chloé Benoist
Rana Harbi

Editors
Paul Gadalla

Staff Writers
Yazan Al-Saadi

Bloggers
As`ad AbuKhalil
Roqayah Chamseddine
Raafat Majzoub

Translators
Ghassan Makarem
Nadine Saliba
Karim Traboulsi
Hanadi Mazboudi

Translation Coordinator
Elie Hanna

Design and Production
Ali Amacha

Al-Akhbar's Editorial Staff

Founding Editor
Joseph Samaha (2006-2007)

Editorial Consultant
Ounsi el-Hajj

Editor-in-Chief
Ibrahim al-Amin

Vice-Editor
Pierre Abisaab

Managing Editors
Elie Chalhoub, Wafiq Qanso

Economy and Society Editor
Mohammad Zbeeb

Local Editor
Hassan Illeik

Culture and People
Amal Al-Andary


Contact Us


You can contact us by mail:
English Edition Unit
Al-Akhbar
Concorde Bldg. 6th Floor, Verdun
Beirut, Lebanon

Phone: +9611759500

For article and content submissions, please use our submission form.

For job openings, please visit our jobs page.

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