By Ibrahim al-Amin
Al-Akhbar in its new guise is six years old. When the original paper was bought by communists decades ago, they wanted it to be a voice for the stifled and oppressed and a platform for those demanding self-evident rights for humanity. They made it a conveyor of voices that defied the prevailing norm of superficial loyalty to the oppressive authorities and a welcoming forum to discuss the Arabs’ role in resisting the scheme to create Israel.
When Joseph Samaha revived Al-Akhbar he did not feel its original mission needed to be changed. Rather, he sought to reaffirm it in the context of what had changed in this country and our wider Arab world, seeking to establish a professional outlet that would dispense with incomprehensible language and speak frankly and take a clear stand on everything that falls under the heading “wrong.”