The rooster of the Arab world is silent…for good.

The knotted journalistic, political, and diplomatic careers of Ghassan Tueni narrate the history of Lebanon.

“Statesman, humanitarian, man of letters, and perhaps above all, social, as well as political conscience”, Ghassan Tueni always described himself as “only a working journalist”.
For him the freedom of the press has always been sacred. With thousands of editorials written over the years, Ghassan Tueni has made An-Nahar a persuasive and trustworthy voice in Lebanon and throughout the Arab world.
For more than half a century as journalist, politician, diplomat, and educator, he has been in the frontline of the struggle for Lebanese freedom, independence, and national sovereignty.
In 1947, Ghassan Tueni was called away from studies in political science at Harvard University (MA ’47) by the sudden death of his father, Gebran. He returned to Beirut and took over the newspaper his father had founded in 1924. He then served as editor-in-chief and editor-publisher of An-Nahar newspaper for more than half a century.
In 1951, at the age of only 25 he became a Member of Parliament and speaker of the house from 1953 to 1957, and member of the Lebanese UN delegation in 1957. He later served as deputy prime minister, as head of several ministries, as emissary and personal counselor of presidents of the republic, and as Lebanon’s UN ambassador.

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