Addiyar was first published in 1941 as an Arab daily political newspaper. In 1988, it was taken over by journalist Charles Ayoub, but was temporarily shut down in January 1990 by then-Prime Minister Michel Aoun because of Ayoub’s political alignments. It resumed publishing after three days. The paper is known to be pro-Syrian regime. Ayoub himself confirmed receiving funding from the Syrian regime. Charles Ayoub is the Chairman of the Board. Fadi Shami and Emile Hayek are both Editors-in-Chief.
Media Companies / Groups
Addiyar is published by Al-Nahda SAL, which is almost fully owned by Charles Ayoub (98.6%). 1.4% of the shares of Al-Nahda SAL are held by Kingdom Holding SAL, which is owned by the Solh Family (Al Waleed Bin Talal's aunts, Leila Solh (former Lebanese Minister of Industry), his mother Mona Solh, and his cousin Walid Solh. However, Kindgom Holding SAL is the Lebanese branch of the Saudi conglomerate Kingdom Holding, which is owned 95% by Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal.
Founded in 1941, Relaunched in 1988
Fadi Shami and Emile Hayek
Phone: +961 (5) 923 830
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The MOM team tried to obtain information from the newspaper’s archives and administration for the period between 1941 and 1988, but it was informed that the only information available is that which falls under Ayoub’s administration.
Audience share for newspapers is based on IPSOS data (average readership 2016 and 2017).