Gebran Tueni

Lebanese journalist and politician (1957-2005)

Gebran Ghassan Tueni (September 15, 1957December 12, 2005) was a Lebanese politician and the former editor and publisher of daily paper An Nahar, established by his grandfather, also named Gebran Tueni, in 1933. He was assassinated in 2005 as part of a series of assassinations of Syria's opponent in Lebanon.


  • You must realize that many Lebanese are not at ease either with Syrian policy in Lebanon or with the presence of Syrian troops in our country.
    • open letter to Syrian leader Bashar Assad, published March 23, 2000,
  • We are on the edge of a new era. It can be something completely positive for Lebanon, and it can be something completely dark for Lebanon. … That's why we are really at a turning point where anything can happen.
    • Associated Press interview, May 2000
    • This followed the withdrawl of Israeli troops from Lebanon.


  • Don't think it is easy for anyone to be forced to live abroad, far from his country, colleagues, wife and children. But sometimes I think, maybe if I am far away I will spare them difficulties and problems. I would transfer the danger to somewhere else and I would not involve those I love.
    • Interview with LBC television station.
  • Yes, there may be other attacks and assassination attempts. One of us may pay the price. Anyway, hopefully it will be us, not anyone else.
  • The Lebanese security authorities and the remnants of the Syrian system in Lebanon, and directly the Syrian regime from top to bottom, is responsible for every crime and every drop of blood spilled.
    • June 2, 2005, following the assassination of colleague Samir Kassir.
  • It is time for us to put an end to our fear for which we paid a very heavy price, to face all the lies of the Syrian security regime.
    • Dec. 1, 2005, editorial in An-Nahar.
  • The Syrian security regime should know … that despotic regimes and tyrants who committed massacres against humanity were pursued, prosecuted and collapsed.
    • Dec. 8, 2005, editorial in An-Nahar.
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