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Al Joumhouria

Al Joumhouria was founded in 1924 by journalist Saji’ Asmar and witnessed many years of interruption. It was first shut down in 1975 at the beginning of the civil war, and though it tried to resume publishing in 1985, the war ultimately prevented that. There was a second attempt to get it running in 2005 with then-Defense Minister Elias Murr but it was suspended after the assassination attempt on Murr, who eventually launched it in 2011. The newspaper is located in the same building as the headquarters of Elias Murr’s father, the late Deputy Prime Minister Michel Murr Sr., who is the grandfather of former MP Nayla Tuéni, the CEO of Annahar newspaper. Al-Joumhouria includes the following sections: local and international news, business, arts, science, health, fashion, culture, sports, and technology. Elias Murr’s son, MP Michel Elias Murr is the Chairman of the Board and Georges Soulage is the Editor-in-Chief. In the 2022 parliamentary election, Michel Elias Murr won the Orthodox parliamentary seat in Northern Metn district, which was held by his grandfather and namesake, the late Michel Murr Sr. for decades up until his death.

On July 12, 2021, the newspaper announced its expansion into the world of new media by launching the “Al Joumhuriya TV”, which specializes in Lebanese internal affairs.

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Private - Lebanese Joint Stock Company

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Al Joumhouria News Corp SAL


Ownership Structure

The Michel Elias Murr Family owns directly 72.3% and through companies they fully own, which are Group Murr SAL Holding (3.3%), Al Joumhouria News Corp Pan-Arab SAL Holding (20%) and Al Sharika Al Lubnania lil Idara wal Moussahama SAL (3.3%).

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Edouard Saadeh

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Affiliated Interests Founder

Elias Murr

served as Lebanon Interior Minister (2000-2004); Defense Minister (2005-2011); Deputy Prime Minister (2005-2008; 2009-2011)

Affiliated Interests Ceo

Michel Elias Murr

Member of Parliament and son of Elias Murr (see above).

Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief

Georges Soulage 

Former government advisor


Phone: +961 (4) 402 999 ; +961(1) 888051


Address: Zalqa, Metn, Lebanon

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2024 audience share for all outlets is based on data provided by ELKA. Cumulative amounts are used to assess the audience share indicator. 2024 and 2021 data on shareholder fractions, company information, revenue, and management are acquired by the collaborative investigative efforts of SEEDS for Legal Initiatives and the Samir Kassir Foundation. Audience share data is unavailable for online outlets.

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