|Caricature by Naji El Ali|
Assafir was supposed to stop print by March but got some influx of cash to keep on till the end of the year. Lebanon's other major newspaper Annahar is said to also be facing issues with the world being what it is today. What worries me however is that with Facebook and Google draining much of the online budget from traditional publishers, we might end up with news (fake or real) parroting the same stories since there is no longer a budget for foreign desks or to pay reporters for investigative journalism. But hey, this is the price to pay when we are used to getting information for free.
I suppose, unless we evolve and adapt, there is truly no chance of remaining relevant in today's market.
Assafir (in print) is dead, long live Assafir.com!