Ahmad Usseh, publisher of the popular daily, al-Rai al-Aam in 1956

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Ahmad Usseh (1915-2005) was among the most prominent journalists during the French Mandate Era. After drifting through journalistic jobs in Alef Bae and the popular Damascus daily al-Ayyam, he became editor-in-chief of Al-Shaab, a political periodical published by the Aleppo-based People's Party in the 1940s. In 1954, he became editor-in-chief of al-Rai al-Aam and was very close to Syrian President Adib al-Shishakli, serving as his media advisor between the years 1951-1954