Al-Nahar also known as An-Nahar, means “the day” and is a Lebanese newspaper with a wide domestic circulation. It is one of Lebanon’s most-read dailies, along with Al-Safir and Al-Akhbar. The paper was established in 1933 by Gebran Tueni, whose son Ghassan Tueni and grandson Gebran Ghassan Tueni were subsequent editors and publishers. Gebran Ghassan Tueni was assassinated in Beirut in 2005, one of many journalist casualties to Lebanon’s persistent political conflicts. The current editor-in-chief is François Akl and head of the directory board is Nayla Tueni, the fourth generation of the Tueni family to work for Al-Nahar.
Lebanon has a strong press tradition with a lively and diverse media free from direct state interference. It is however limited by the country’s sectarian system; newspapers are associated with religious affiliations rather than political ideologies. Al-Nahar has a liberal editorial line and traditional links to the Christian community, its founding family being Orthodox Christian. Since 2005, Al-Nahar has been associated with the March 14 political bloc.
As one of Lebanon’s journalistic institutions, Al-Nahar has been the home of many prominent writers, including novelist Elias Khoury and the late historian, writer and political activist Samir Qassir. While providing space for a plurality of political positions, Al-Nahar has a more Western-influenced outlook than the Arab nationalist press.