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Nidaa Al Watan

The newspaper was established by Henri Sfeir in the early nineties of the last century. It then stopped publishing in 2000 due to financial problems. In 2012, news spread that Najib Mikati, the prime minister, had bought the “Nidaa Al Watan” license from Sfeir, but this was not applied in practice. Six years later, businessman Michel Mecattaf bought the newspaper’s license, which resumed publication on July 1, 2019. Journalist Bechara Charbel was appointed as Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper and Georges Barbary as its managing director. On March 18, 2022, businessman Michel Mecattaf, owner of the Mecattaf Exchange Company and publisher of Nidaa Al Watan newspaper, died after suffering an acute heart attack. It was announced in March 2024 that Nidaa Al Watan's print-paper version will no longer be issued. Issued by: Free Media Company S.A.L.

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Private - Lebanese Joint Stock Company

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Free Media Company S.A.L. This is the company that owns Nidaa Al-Watan, an independent and sovereign political newspaper that was first issued on July 1st, 2019. It aims at providing accurate news and information and playing a leading role in spreading the principles of freedom, sovereignty, democracy and human rights.

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Iskandar Najjar


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Henri Sfeir

Former major shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Adcom Bank

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Bechara Charbel

Anti-Hezbollah journalist

Affiliated Interests other important people

George Berbari

Responsible director


Phone: +961 (1) 613050



Address: 7th floor, Victoria Tower, Pierre Gemayel Corniche, Ashrafieh

P.O. Box: 5011-116 Beirut

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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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