Remembering the work of Lebanese cartoonist Stavro Jabra

Veteran Lebanese caricaturist and photographer Stavro Jabra passed away Sunday after a battle with illness, local media reported. He was 70.

Born in Beirut in 1947, the renowned editorial cartoonists (also known simply as Stavro), began his long career in the 1960s. His cartoons have been featured in several publications that include L’Orient-le Jour, The Daily Star, Al Balad and La Revue du Liban.

He has also been published in Der Speigel, Atlas World Press, Le Monde, the Washington Times, the Associated Press and Agence France Press.

He is the author of numerous cartoon and photography books. He also participated in many international exhibitions, including “Cartooning for peace” at the Palais des Nations Unies in Geneva, alongside several cartoonists, including renowned French cartoonist Plantu.

The Lebanese War:

Stavro documented the Lebanese civil war (1975-1990). He was honored as one of the best contemporary photographers of the Lebanese war by French magazine Photo. He founded the Lebanese Press Photographers Syndicate and served as president emeritus of that syndicate in 1992, according to his website Stavrotoons.

Beirut jewelers souk – circa 1976
Palestinian militants, Beirut – circa 1975
Funeral of Bachir Gemayel, Bekfaya – circa 1982
Nabaa – circa 1976

Post war Beirut:

Cinema Rivoli – circa 1994
Martyrs square – circa 1994
Martyrs square – circa 1991 
Capuchin Church, Bab Idrees, Beirut – circa 1997


Jabra was a fierce defender of press freedom. Following the attack on Chalie Hebdo in 2015, he said: “We want to defend the freedom of the press, the freedom of the media and the freedom of opinion. This is our mission.”

On his website, Stavrotoons, you’ll find an entire archive showcasing Lebanon during the civil war, and in the post-war era. You’ll also find many cartoons . It’s a virtual archive; a time capsule – one of great value to our collective memory.

Rest in peace.


Nadine Mazloum is an Australian born, Beirut bred multimedia journalist, editor, and blogger. She most recently worked as StepFeed's Senior Editor. Before that, she was the news editor and resident blogger for the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International [LBCI] and has held several positions with well-known media outlets both locally and internationally. Her work appears online both on LBCI and on her personal blog, NewsroomNomad©.


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