Jamil Mroue

Jamil Mroue is a leading figure in Arab and international media. The son of Kamel Mroue, who was assassinated in Beirut by pro-Naser thugs in 1966 for his liberal defense of Arab values in his papers, al-Hayat and the Daily Star, Jamil Mroue took up the tradition of innovation, independence and vision that his father had charted. In 1990, he revivedal-Hayat in London as a pan-Arab daily, which was soon published in several editions in Arab capitals. Al-Hayat set new standards for Arab journalism, and became in a matter of months the most influential Middle East newspaper. By 1996, Mroue had left the Hayat to its original Saudi funders, and reestablished in Beirut the Daily Star. Again, in a matter of months, the paper became the leading English-speaking paper in the Arab world. Between 1996 and 2009, several innovative marketing arrangements were introduced by Mroue, including publishing the Daily Star in various Gulf countries, and becoming associated with the International Herald Tribune which carried the paper in its Mideast daily publication in full. Mroue left the leadership of the Daily Star in 2009, and continues to pursue free, uncensored expression as a hard to emulate model editor and publisher. A public figure and visionary respected across the Middle East and the Western world, he sits on the Board of several NGOs and companies.