BEIRUT: As guests gathered on Wednesday evening at Annahar’s offices to celebrate the launch of its special issue and help usher in a new chapter in the newspaper’s history, Banque Du Liban Governor Dr. Raid Salameh and Editor-in-Chief Nayla Tueni laid out freely their vision for Lebanon.
A vision they argued, would pave the way for the country to “build the pillars of a brighter tomorrow.”
Salameh, acting as guest Editor-in-Chief, echoed a sentiment shared by many of those that penned the newspaper’s special issue, a sentiment predicating a renewed sense of hope in both Lebanon and Annahar.
“Our country has managed to overcome many crises, yet we need to work hand in hand with a clear vision and Lebanon's different institutions, to build the nation we all dream of,” he said.
The Editor-in-Chief for the day took to the stage after Tueni had asserted that “Annahar would remain a beacon of promise as it’s always been,” while proclaiming the newspaper her great-grandfather founded as the home for every Lebanese with a cause or voice.
In the midst of the troubling times facing newspapers worldwide, Tueni has remained cognizant of the need to embrace the digital age, telling those in attendance that Annahar is now “more than a traditional newspaper while remaining a herald of truth.”
This unprecedented initiative, bringing together acclaimed businessmen, politicians, artists and entrepreneurs, stems from her vision to provide Lebanese with a medium of free and uncensored expression.
“Annahar will live on in every one of you, those that are still present and those that are gone,” Tueni said.
At the conclusion of both speakers’ words, guests could be seen spread across Annahar’s newsroom, interacting with one another along with journalists, reporters, senior editorial, and management.
A myriad of side meetings took place within Annahar’s corridors, with interviews being live streamed on the paper’s different social media platforms as guests showed an eagerness to share their thoughts as well.
Joe Ayache, CEO of Porter Novelli commended Annahar’s ambitions, saying that “embracing the digital aspect of news media personifies the freedom of speech this paper has been championing for over 80 years.”
Meanwhile, José Maria Ferré, Spanish Ambassador in Lebanon, praised Tueni’s relentless efforts, “which perseveres in expanding Annahar’s reach, both digitally and in print.”
As the event drew to a close, one could feel that the words of Tueni and Salameh resonated with all those present, with the same goal being shared; the goal of creating a better and fair Lebanon for generations to come.
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