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Distinguished Lebanese journalist Talal Salman who based one of many nation’s largest Arabic-language impartial newspapers has died after an extended sickness

ByThe Related Press

August 25, 2023, 12:52 PM

BEIRUT — Journalist Talal Salman, who based one among Lebanon’s largest Arabic-language impartial newspapers, died Friday after an extended sickness, the state-run Nationwide Information Company stated. He was 85.

An Arab nationalist whose position mannequin was late Egyptian President Gamal Abdul-Nasser, Salman devoted a lot of his writing to the Palestinian trigger and requires Arab unity.

Salman labored for a number of publications earlier than founding the each day As-Safir in March 1974. The newspaper, which rapidly turned one of many nation’s largest, recognized itself as “Lebanon’s newspaper within the Arab World and the Arab World’s newspaper in Lebanon” and printed underneath the slogan “Voice of the Unvoiced.”

Distinguished journalists and writers from Lebanon and the area wrote for As-Safir and Salman was editor-in-chief till the paper closed down on Dec. 31, 2016, due to monetary difficulties. After the newspaper ceased publication, Salman continued to write down on an internet site that carried his title.

An early contributor to As-Safir was the late Palestinian cartoonist Naji al-Ali, who created a personality often known as Handala that turned a logo of Palestinian id. Readers additionally anticipated the editorials wherein Salman analyzed the most recent developments in Lebanon, the Center East and the world.

In 1984, on the top of Lebanon’s 15-year civil warfare, Salman survived an assassination try in entrance of his Beirut condo. There have been earlier makes an attempt to explode his home and As-Safir’s printing places of work.

Born in 1938 within the northeastern city of Shmustar in Lebanon’s fertile Bekaa Valley, Salman later moved to Beirut and lived there a lot of his life.

He’s survived by his spouse, Afaf al-Asaad, daughters Hanadi and Rabia, and sons Ahmad and Ali. Salman additionally had a number of grandchildren.

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