“Freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy.”, – Walter Cronkite
Join our fight for Lebanon’s freedom
Every Lebanese citizen has the right to exist in dignity and deserves to live in a state that protects their interests, dreams, goals and ambitions. Executive Magazine has been fighting for this dream since 1998. A beacon of independent, quality journalism, the magazine defends citizens’ basic rights, advocating national development and improvement.
Since 2019, Lebanon is at a pivotal turning point, battered by unmatched raging economic storms and a sequence of consummate disasters. Now, more than ever, responsible, quality journalism is indispensable for citizens to be able to analyse and make informed decisions.
Like all strands in the country’s socioeconomic fabric, this brand of journalism in Lebanon is under enormous economic pressure. Freedom of speech, alongside other freedoms, is endangered. But we at Executive strive to maintain our position as the country’s independent and authoritative economic publication. We will not deviate from our founding principles: transparent, analytical and reliable journalism.
Our reporting not only serves to expose the accumulated failures of the local authorities in power but also goes further in our analyses by advocating for change.
We need your help. It is for this fight that we need to put our shoulders together and defend freedom. Your every contribution will empower Executive Magazine to pursue its mission of delivering high-quality journalism, instrumental for securing Lebanon’s inclusive and integral future, a future above racism, gender inequality, and religious intolerance.
Executive, the Lebanese business magazine, was born in the late 1998s out of the realization that the most entrepreneurial country in the Arab region needed an ethical voice of quality economic journalism. The magazine was thus established in a stroke of genius business leadership during a time when the hope and determination of private sector industry – whose spirit was invigorated by the country’s return after almost two decades of being torn apart by local warlords and imported bloody conflicts – encountered new challenges. Those were the international challenges of globalization and digital transformation, the pressures of geopolitical and regional interests that didn’t want to let this small country flourish to its economic potential, and the challenges of short-sighted self-interest, governance ineptitude, and corruption by old patterns of dishonest conduct from the lowest to the highest levels among each of the fragmented country’s sectarian communities.
With its slogan “Independent thinking for a discerning mind, Executive has for 23 years been a publishing venture belonging to the millennial vintage of media organizations, being not quite a digital native from the get go but eager and determined to embrace both the online and offline media cultures of professional business journalism with global approach in a native Arabic speaking environment.
From its zero edition in 1998 to its issue 255-256 in the spring of 2021, continual challenges have characterized this magazine’s operational environment. Having matured throughout great controversies, Executive is ready to battle against the even stronger headwinds predicted for the 2020s and all the economic storms that are punishing Lebanon for governance omissions of the last 30 years.
A unique publication steeled by a tough journey
Hundreds of online and offline publications in Arabic, French, and English today populate the internet and Lebanon’s traditional bookstores. In this competitive field, five vectors define the postilion of Executive Magazine under the aspects of journalism, publishing, business, economics and overall aspirations in the specific Lebanese context.
One can describe us today as always striving for accuracy in journalism; professional functionality looks online and offline; ethical ways of doing business in the media; a focus on partnership and lasting principles in economic approaches; and an economic and policy advocacy that is decidedly pro-Lebanon.
We knowingly embrace the risk of standing up for Lebanon. These data points put Executive in a unique position in the Lebanese media landscape and globally.
- Executive journalism means we have no domestic political allegiance and are no agents of foreign influence. We use analytically focused research, adhere to journalistic code, and practice collaborative editing and fact checking processes. Our editors are always striving to uncover hidden economic agendas, expose systemic deficiencies in private or public organizations, show alternatives to entrenched bad business patterns and economic policy deficiencies, and promote constructive approaches and solutions. We interview, analyze, advocate clearly, and invite expert opinions.
- In our design and layout we apply professional standards, cherish creativity, and aspire to improve the integration of text, images, and visualization tools. We innovate freely and tastefully on the basis of our clear and consistent identity and brand.
- In our business model as responsible publication, we strive to adhere to ethical standards in accepting advertisements and sponsorship, we adhere to clear standards on conflicts of interest, decline excessive gifts and hunt down attempts of influence buying as much as all forms of manipulation and plagiarism. As a publication, we explore new business and monetization opportunities in the digital world and we sell advertising space online and offline. Our journalism is not for sale.
- In our approach to pertinent economics of the 21st century, we combine passion for principles in business and economics with skeptical examinations of economic models and divergent schools. We seek out economic thought that is constructing public goods along with private profits and is in compliance with a proven and productive ethos under the principles of social belonging, inclusion, mutual obligations, and respectful diversity in a unified country.
- In standing up for an economic, entrepreneurial, sustainable, social, and livable Lebanon, we are highly aware of the historic and recent failures in this polity, social contract, and economy and will not cease our quest to improve this country and raise its global profile and beneficial contributions to the world.