Arab World


14. Lebanon > Communication and Media



Ad Diyar, URL:
Al-Anwar, URL:
An Nahar, URL:
As-Safir, URL:
L'Orient-Le Jour, URL:
Daily Star, URL:


Broadcasting is the responsibility of the Ministry of Information. There are a number of commercial television companies, the Lebanese Television Company (LBC) (URL:, opened in 1959 and the Television Company of Lebanon and the Near East (Tele-Orient) opened in 1962. Private stations include the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporations, Murr Television and Al-Manar TV.

During the civil war there were as many as 100 stations on air but in 1996 the government brought in a new broadcasting law and only a few private stations were licensed.


The telephone service in Lebanon is state-owned and controlled by governmental departments. It is now possible to make international calls from domestic telephones. Cellular phones are available to rent. It was estimated that by 2006, nearly 950,000 Lebanese were regular internet users and there were over 5,000 internet hosts.

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