The Daily Star
is a pan-Middle East English language
newspaper edited in Beirut
. It was founded in 1952 by Kamel Mrowa
, the publisher of the Arabic
to serve the growing number of expatriates brought by the oil industry. First circulating in Lebanon
, and then expanding throughout the region, it not only relayed news about foreign workers' home countries, but also served to keep them informed about the region. By the 1960s it was the leading English language newspaper in the Middle East
Upon the death of Mrowa in 1966, his widow Salma Elbissar
took over the paper, running it until the outbreak of the Lebanese Civil War
forced the suspension of publication. With peace hopes running high in the beginning of 1983, the paper restarted production under the guidance of Mrowa's sons, but the intensification of the war again put the paper under pressure. The flight of the intelligentsia from the country depleted the paper's staff and its readership. Still, it continued as a daily until mid 1985 and then as a weekly for another year, before ceasing publication once again.
With the arrival of peace in 1991, and the development of a rebuilding program three years later, the paper again looked to publish. With Kamel's first son Jamil Mroue
as leader, printing was recommenced in 1996 with modern presses, experienced foreign journalists, and an energetic Lebanese staff.
In 2004, the Daily Star
merged its Lebanon and Regional editions choosing to focus on Lebanese... Read More