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Jihad El-Khazen

Jihad El-Khazen

Sector : Media, Journalists

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Lebanon
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1940
  • Age: 82
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Jihad Al-Khazen (born June 24, 1940) is a Palestinian journalist and writer who holds Lebanese citizenship. Former editor-in-chief of The Daily Star in Beirut, Arab News in Jeddah, and Asharq Al-Awsat and Al-Hayat in London.



Jihad was born in Palestine in 1940. His origins go back to the city of Nazareth in occupied Palestine, where his father was a policeman in the border forces, and he was martyred there, and the family was forced to flee to Lebanon. His family resided between Lebanon, Palestine, and Alexandria, and moved permanently to Lebanon after 1948. He obtained a BA in political science in 1963, and a MA in Arabic literature from the American University in Beirut in 1975.



In addition to his studies, Jihad worked as an editor and shift chief at the Reuters Agency (now renamed Reuters) in Beirut. After his graduation, he was appointed editor-in-chief of the Daily Star, and he kept his job at Reuters until 1969. In the early seventies, in addition to his work in the Daily Star, he participated in issuing the An-Nahar Arab Report newspaper with Ghassan Tueni. When the Daily Star closed with the start of the Lebanese civil war, Jihad Al-Khazen was forced to leave Lebanon and has resided in London since 1975.


Arab News established the first Saudi newspaper published in English in 1975 with Hisham Hafez and his brother Muhammad Hafez. However, the laws in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia did not allow at that time the presence of a non-Saudi editor-in-chief, so Jihad Al-Khazen was entrusted with the task of general manager and Ahmed Mahmoud as editor-in-chief. Then he set out later with the same group to establish Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper in London in 1978, where he held the position of editor-in-chief and then a writer until 1986. Al-Hayat newspaper was re-issued in London after a 12-year hiatus in 1988, and the editor-in-chief of Al-Hayat in its new edition was Jamil Kamel Marwa Jihad al-Khazen assumed the presidency of its board of directors, but 18 months after its publication, Jihad al-Khazen headed its editorship. He continued his work as the editor-in-chief of the newspaper, until 1998 when George Semaan was appointed as the editor-in-chief.



Member of the Board of Directors of the Arab Thought Foundation.

Member of the Board of Advisors of the Center for Modern Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University.

Member of the Board of Directors of the Council for the Improvement of Arab-British Understanding (CAPO).

Member of the World Bank's Board of Advisors for the Middle East and North Africa for several years.





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