After facing several difficulties considering the current situation in Lebanon, An-Nahar took a stand against it all.
With only *15 percent of the population saying they read a newspaper every day, the Lebanese print industry is unsurprisingly facing difficult times. Last January, one of Lebanon’s oldest news dailies Assafir shut down after 42 years with rumors floating of Al Liwaa and An-Nahar shutting down as well.
In a strong comeback move, An-Nahar now released a special issue featuring 200 guest writers from the field of politics and social activism. Called “Everyone in a Newspaper,” the special issue features articles focusing on Lebanese patriotism, youth, and culture.
Public figures include artists like the international fashion designer Eli Saab and the Lebanese singer Elissa; journalists like Nishan Derharoutyounian and May Chidiac; ministers such as Prime Minister Saad Al Hariri, in addition to influencers, bloggers, successful entrepreneurs, social activists, business people, and politicians.
“Everyone in a Newspaper” is a tribute to journalism and its role in Lebanon’s political and cultural history. The print issue sold out insanely, and while An-Nahar has not revealed official figures, some Lebanese bookshops report that they haven’t seen this demand since 2005 when Lebanon was at war.
Since its inception in 1933, An-Nahar has been an integral part of Lebanon’s cultural and social narrative – one that it doesn’t intend to bow out of anytime soon.
*According to MidEastMedia.org