Egyptian newspapers strike for a day

Well, Independent ones, anyway. The daily ones didn't appear yesterday and the weekly ones will not publish throughout the week. This is the latest development in the crisis between the Press and the Government.

Egypt's newspapers conducted a silent
protest against the government by withholding their publications from
newsstands on Sunday. Both independent and opposition newspapers joined
forces in the one-day protest against the government's crackdown and
imprisonment of journalists in the country. The move comes as a leading
editor is due to return to court on charges of defamation. The charges
come after his paper, Al Dostour, reported on rumors that President
Hosni Mubarak was ill or possibly dead in August.

"These
newspapers withdrew from the atmosphere of freedom in the victory day
for vague reasons and because of pressures from an unknown power,"
wrote the pro-government Rose El-Youssef newspaper in opposition to the
demonstration.

Pressue from an unknown power. Right. Yeah, don't count on Al Ahram, or Al Akhbar to join the protest either. There sued to be a time- until very recently- they would've, but not anymore! 

0 comment on Egyptian newspapers strike for a day

  1. anna
    October 8, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    can someone tell the people at Daily Star Egypt to please fix their website as everytime you click on a link to take you to an article, it says error. I have tried this from several computers using different browsers and it’s still kaput! So it looks like it is from their end and it has been like this for months.

    Please fix it!!!!!

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  2. Fady
    October 9, 2007 at 4:34 am

    “There sued to be a time- until very recently- they would’ve, but not anymore! ”

    This is strange. Both of them have been government mouthpieces for such a long time.

    Reply
  3. the tapper
    October 9, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    SM, yesterday, I tried to leave a comment, but it would not register. I’ll try again….Good post, I don’t know where the us is when a clamp down of free speech is beginning again in Egypt. In years past that was more the norm than not, but today I thought they had become a beacon of hope. Guess I was pipedreaming…stay safe…..

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  4. the tapper
    October 10, 2007 at 4:29 am

    Well, this is the third time…..Good post SM…..Have they received any support from outside sources????stay safe….

    Reply
  5. Marwa Rakha
    October 10, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    How come? I get the papers on my desk everyday … Al Alam Al Youm and Al Masry Al Youm are not part of this?

    Reply
  6. the tapper
    October 11, 2007 at 4:29 am

    SM, I will try again…this is the third try……Good post…great to see you back…

    Reply

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