BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) – The publisher of Lebanon’s only English-language daily says a court order forced the newspaper to shut down over financial troubles.
Jamil Mroue says judicial authorities shut and sealed the Beirut offices of The Daily Star on January 14, less than two hours after the order.
The paper has since been out of print and its Web site hasn’t been updated.
Mroue says he is appealing the decision and looking for new investors. The Star is a rare English-language daily in the Arab world independent of government control.
The paper, founded by Mroue’s late father in 1952, has suffered from financial troubles for years. Mroue says the newspaper owed a Lebanese bank around $700,000.
Mroue’s father, Kamel Mroue, also founded the pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat.