Lebanon daily suspends print edition over economic crisis

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Updated 05 February 2020

Lebanon daily suspends print edition over economic crisis

  • In recent months, employees at the newspaper had complained of not being paid, with one departing journalist reporting in December that some were owed up to half a year in wages

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s English-language The Daily Star suspended its print edition Tuesday, the latest casualty in the collapse of the country’s once-flourishing press.
The newspaper, which is co-owned by the family of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, said on its website the temporary halt of the printing presses was a result of the economic downturn.
It cited “the financial challenges facing the Lebanese press which have been exacerbated by the deterioration of the economic situation in the country.”
It said the temporary suspension came after “a drop to virtually no advertising revenue in the last quarter of 2019, as well as in January of this year.”
In recent months, employees at the newspaper had complained of not being paid, with one departing journalist reporting in December that some were owed up to half a year in wages.
A series of prominent dailies in Lebanon have disappeared from print due to funding shortages in recent years.
The Daily Star is the latest media outlet linked to the former premier to be struggling. In September last year, Hariri announced the suspension of Future TV, his ailing mouthpiece whose employees had been on strike over unpaid wages.

BACKGROUND

The Daily Star was founded in 1952 by Kamel Mroue, then owner and editor in chief of the pan-Arab Al-Hayat daily newspaper.

In January 2019, the Hariri family’s Al-Mustaqbal newspaper issued its last print version, 20 years after it was established.
Saudi Oger, a once-mighty construction firm that was the basis of the Hariri business empire, collapsed in 2017, leaving thousands jobless.
Hariri stepped down as prime minister in late October following unprecedented nationwide protests against alleged official corruption and ineptitude.
Last year, The Daily Star published a newsless black issue to protest the political and economic crises gripping the country.
The economic crisis has since deteriorated, and been compounded by a financial crunch.
The Daily Star was founded in 1952 by Kamel Mroue, then owner and editor in chief of the pan-Arab Al-Hayat daily newspaper.
It closed for more than a decade during the 1975-1990 civil war, returning to news stands in 1996.
The newspaper was bought by businessmen close to Hariri in 2010.


Apple works with White House to release ‘COVID-19’ app

Updated 27 March 2020

Apple works with White House to release ‘COVID-19’ app

  • The app will ask users questions about symptoms, location and risk factors and then provide the appropriate up-to-date guidance from the CDC
  • The app will also answer frequently asked questions about the coronavirus disease with official information from the CDC

WASHINGTON: Apple Inc. and the White House said on Friday that the iPhone maker worked with the Trump administration and federal agencies to release an app that will direct users to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control on the disease caused by the coronavirus.
The app, which will be available in the app store as “COVID-19,” will ask users questions about symptoms, location and risk factors and then provide the appropriate up-to-date guidance from the CDC, White House officials said.
The app will also answer frequently asked questions about the coronavirus disease with official information from the CDC.
Based in northern California, Apple’s headquarters have been under lockdown orders for more than a week. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook earlier this week said that the company had donated 10 million protective masks to US health care groups after using Apple’s supply chain team to locate and buy the masks.