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Mahmoud Salem

Mahmoud Salem

The moment I heard of the closure of Egypt Independent I felt solemn and gloomy. I knew that this was always a possibility, especially with their financial troubles, but this has been the case for a while now, and the suddenness of its shutdown shocked me as well as most of its readers. Suddenly I felt a huge weight being placed on the Daily News Egypt. For better or worse, until the Egypt Independent writers manage to resurrect their paper or come back in a new form as they seem to be planning, the DNE is it now:  the last remaining independent English-language source of journalism in Morsi’s Egypt, and one that might not last long either.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the DNE is also struggling financially, for this is its second incarnation after being saved by a bunch of investing journalists from complete shutdown last year. It’s for that reason that the DNE writers followed what was happening in Egypt Independent with huge concern. While in other countries the shutdown of a big competitor to a newspaper might be considered a good thing for the ones still in operation, Egypt Independent was not a competitor for Daily News Egypt, for competition exists only when there is a market to compete for, and currently there isn’t really one for an independent Egyptian English daily.

While both have significant readership, judging by their web traffic, this doesn’t translate into income:  the average reader would rather read it online for free than purchase it, corporate subscriptions by hotels and tourism-reliant businesses are a thing of the past since tourism is dying, and advertisement in the newspaper or on the portal is almost non-existent due to the state of the economy. Egypt Independent tried to salvage the situation by starting a desperate “subscribe to Egypt Independent” campaign for its individual readers, but it ultimately wasn’t enough  since the average reader- you- did not respond to calls for financial support for a service you can get for free. And now that it has shut down, that same reader mourns its loss as a tragedy, which is correct, but not for the reasons he/she cites.

For you, dear reader, it isn’t a tragedy because you will lose out on the excellent reporting and a unique brave voice that stands against all the insanity we live in, even though that’s true. It isn’t a tragedy because some of Egypt’s best writers will go unemployed now, even though that’s true as well, at least until or if they manage to pull off creating a new source of news. It’s a tragedy for you, dear reader, because there were only three local English real newspapers, one of which just shut down, one of which- AlAhram Weekly- is government -owned and has been facing threats of self-censorship or cooption by the government for months now, with its writers continuing to do their work while waiting for the hammer to drop on them at any second, and the last one, the one you are reading now, might not survive for long.

In case the implication of this isn’t clear, let me put it this way: These newspapers do not function only as a news agency, but as a window for the outside world to know what’s really happening in Egypt. They are the only ones telling Egypt’s story for the world, and if they are gone, Egypt and you will be left at the mercy of foreign journalists’ reports, which half of the time are excellent, but the other half are terrible, because they are contingent upon the point of view and ability of the foreign journalist, whose editor doesn’t reside here and will not know bias or ignorance from fact. The shutting-down of those local newspapers is a tragedy because no one will fight for you or tell our story like they will, which is key to provide international pressure on our burgeoning dictatorship, and to not leave you completely at the mercy of the Muslim Brotherhood regime with the world none the wiser. Those newspapers and their work are your cover and protection, they are the people who are fighting and advocating for you by simply reporting the facts of our current insane reality. They are the last remaining bastions of freedom of expression in an increasingly shrinking environment for it. And you will let them wither and die. This is the tragedy.

So, your mission, dear reader, if you choose to accept it, is to not let them wither and die. Your mission is to realize that there are institutions and industries that we need to protect and financially support in order to protect ourselves and preserve our culture and way of life. Your mission as an individual is to subscribe to their services, and if you are a business owner or a marketing manager, to put DNE and the new project by the Egypt Independent crew into your media-buying plans, whether print or digital, even if you don’t personally read it, because you need to protect their role of protecting you. That’s your role, and it doesn’t stop there.

You will also need to support your local arts and culture scene by going to their events and exhibits, even if you don’t end up buying anything. You will need to go to the movies at least once a month and watch a movie, because we need to protect the movie industry, which is also falling apart. The same goes for independent music performances and concerts which you should go to keep the music scene alive; the same goes for hotels in Sharm and Hurghada, who are now offering laughably cheap rates just to survive and not to get bought by Qatari investors who will turn them into Sharia compliant hotels; the same goes for clubs and cabarets, if you are part of the growing alcohol-drinking population. Your mission, duty and civic obligation is to do all of those things, in order to preserve your culture and way of life. The bonus to doing all of this is that these are all fun activities, so it might actually get you out of your funk and depression and provide you more return on your money in enjoyment than going to the same café or restaurant for the umpteenth time. Try it. It’s how we carry on.

Also, please understand, you won’t be doing those things for us. We wouldn’t ask you to sacrifice yourself in these bad economic times for our sake. You will be doing this for yourself and your benefit. So that you wouldn’t wake up one day to similar news that something equally as important and rare as Egypt Independent (or, God forbid, DNE) – but in another field- got shut down due to lack of financial support. If you are feeling helpless in the face of everything that is happening, or you want to help but are not sure how, well, here is the way. We will get through these dark times, I assure you dear reader, but we can’t do it alone and we can’t do it without your help, for we can only perform our roles if you perform yours. It’s time for you to start fighting back as well.

About the author

Mahmoud Salem

Mahmoud Salem

Mahmoud Salem is a political activist, writer, and social media consultant. His writings could be found at www.sandmonkey.org and follow him @sandmonkey on Twitter

  • http://www.devenia.com/ Bjorn Solstad

    Let me see – you are claiming that IE reported actual, factual news lately? I have seen their reporting, and it was not much fact checking going on before releasing “news”. I also wonder how they managed to employ more than 60 people but did not manage to publish much per day. It makes me wonder what all those people was actually doing all day long.

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://twitter.com/BibaEternity Vivian

    I live outside Egypt. How can I help?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694331245 Arnvid Aakre

    When Egypt Independent had to close, that was a closed window in to Egypt, and a closed door out of Egypt – for independent news.

    Waiting for the EI to raise in a new form, it’s important that the same is not happening to Daily News Egypt.

    It’s people in Egypt who can’t afford that this should happen, and it’s essential for people outside too, to have independent news sources from Egypt.

    That leave us as well with the money side, as good will will not provide bread and ful on the table for journalists or editors, or indipendent news – digital or paper. Not less important, as Mahmoud Salem points out, when DNE DNE is now is the last remaining independent English-language source of journalism in Morsi’s Egypt.

    Still, DNE should look at it’s financial options.
    One is of course standard subscriptions – but one fee is maybe not the best. Many in Egypt who support DNE struggle to get food on their tables. Outside Egypt, income differs a lot, all after the income level of each country, and the situation of each individual.

    My suggestion would then be a merging of subscription and donation, call it “subscription donation”. That way no one “give” money – but they subscribe to DNE, all according to their ability. 10 LE from many Egyptians, and more subcription fees from others give all opportunity to support DNE – and the same goes for those not living in Egypt.

    I would suggest a setup with options as the one Wikimedia use:
    http://bit.ly/15Wd6mI

    I myself read DNE on a daily basis, even before I read my local newspapers. It’s extremely many people in – as outside Egypt who need independent news from Egypt. Allow us to help, all according to each person/organizations ability – as one thing is the bottom line here:

    we can’t afford to loose you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694331245 Arnvid Aakre

    When Egypt Independent had to close, that was a closed window in to Egypt, and a closed door out of Egypt – for independent news.

    Waiting for the EI to raise in a new form, it’s important that the same is not happening to Daily News Egypt.

    It’s people in Egypt who can’t afford that this should happen, and it’s essential for people outside too, to have independent news sources from Egypt.

    That leave us as well with the money side, as good will will not provide bread and ful on the table for journalists or editors, or indipendent news – digital or paper. Not less important, as Mahmoud Salem points out, when DNE DNE is now is the last remaining independent English-language source of journalism in Morsi’s Egypt.

    Still, DNE should look at it’s financial options.
    One is of course standard subscriptions – but one fee is maybe not the best. Many in Egypt who support DNE struggle to get food on their tables. Outside Egypt, income differs a lot, all after the income level of each country, and the situation of each individual.

    My suggestion would then be a merging of subscription and donation, call it “subscription donation”. That way no one “give” money – but they subscribe to DNE, all according to their ability. 10 LE from many Egyptians, and more subcription fees from others give all opportunity to support DNE – and the same goes for those not living in Egypt.

    I would suggest a setup with options as the one Wikimedia use:
    http://bit.ly/15Wd6mI

    I myself read DNE on a daily basis, even before I read my local newspapers. It’s extremely many people in – as outside Egypt who need independent news from Egypt. Allow us to help, all according to each person/organizations ability – as one thing is the bottom line here:

    we can’t afford to loose you!

    • http://www.devenia.com/ Bjorn Solstad

      Good idea if DNE shows us how they are spending their money – meaning they would have to be fully transparent about their budget and exactly what they need money for. There is a difference in buying costly Macs instead of cheaper PC’s for example. Salaries is another cost bearer that we would need to know the size of.

      Also – the advertising on the website itself is far from optimal when it comes to click through rate. My guesstimate is that the current template in use produces less than 0.5% click through. There are templates available that could turn this into 3-4% click through.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694331245 Arnvid Aakre

        Bjørn, I honestly don’t care what DNE are using their money on. As an reader I ONLY care about the quality of DNE’s news and opinions. Heck, I don’t wait to buy a copy of the Guardian until the Guardian show me their financial strategy.

        I don’t care if DNE use Macs, PC’s or manual typewriters – I care about the survival of DNE as an independent newspaper, and you are only Morsi’ing if you tell DNE: “show me you spending” …

        We need DNE as an independent and free news source – and I AM WILLING TO DONATE MY SHARE FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.
        Easy as that (-:

        • http://www.devenia.com/ Bjorn Solstad

          Well. That says it all, doesn’t it?

        • http://www.devenia.com/ Bjorn Solstad

          Well. That says it all, doesn’t it?

        • http://www.devenia.com/ Bjorn Solstad

          Well. That says it all, doesn’t it?

        • http://www.devenia.com/ Bjorn Solstad

          Well. That says it all, doesn’t it?

        • http://www.devenia.com/ Bjorn Solstad

          Well. That says it all, doesn’t it?

        • http://www.devenia.com/ Bjorn Solstad

          Well. That says it all, doesn’t it?

        • http://www.devenia.com/ Bjorn Solstad

          Well. That says it all, doesn’t it?

        • http://www.devenia.com/ Bjorn Solstad

          Well. That says it all, doesn’t it?

        • http://www.devenia.com/ Bjorn Solstad

          Well. That says it all, doesn’t it?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694331245 Arnvid Aakre

        Bjørn, I honestly don’t care what DNE are using their money on. As an reader I ONLY care about the quality of DNE’s news and opinions. Heck, I don’t wait to buy a copy of the Guardian until the Guardian show me their financial strategy.

        I don’t care if DNE use Macs, PC’s or manual typewriters – I care about the survival of DNE as an independent newspaper, and you are only Morsi’ing if you tell DNE: “show me you spending” …

        We need DNE as an independent and free news source – and I AM WILLING TO DONATE MY SHARE FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.
        Easy as that (-:

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694331245 Arnvid Aakre

        Bjørn, I honestly don’t care what DNE are using their money on. As an reader I ONLY care about the quality of DNE’s news and opinions. Heck, I don’t wait to buy a copy of the Guardian until the Guardian show me their financial strategy.

        I don’t care if DNE use Macs, PC’s or manual typewriters – I care about the survival of DNE as an independent newspaper, and you are only Morsi’ing if you tell DNE: “show me you spending” …

        We need DNE as an independent and free news source – and I AM WILLING TO DONATE MY SHARE FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.
        Easy as that (-:

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694331245 Arnvid Aakre

        Bjørn, I honestly don’t care what DNE are using their money on. As an reader I ONLY care about the quality of DNE’s news and opinions. Heck, I don’t wait to buy a copy of the Guardian until the Guardian show me their financial strategy.

        I don’t care if DNE use Macs, PC’s or manual typewriters – I care about the survival of DNE as an independent newspaper, and you are only Morsi’ing if you tell DNE: “show me you spending” …

        We need DNE as an independent and free news source – and I AM WILLING TO DONATE MY SHARE FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.
        Easy as that (-:

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694331245 Arnvid Aakre

        Bjørn, I honestly don’t care what DNE are using their money on. As an reader I ONLY care about the quality of DNE’s news and opinions. Heck, I don’t wait to buy a copy of the Guardian until the Guardian show me their financial strategy.

        I don’t care if DNE use Macs, PC’s or manual typewriters – I care about the survival of DNE as an independent newspaper, and you are only Morsi’ing if you tell DNE: “show me you spending” …

        We need DNE as an independent and free news source – and I AM WILLING TO DONATE MY SHARE FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.
        Easy as that (-:

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694331245 Arnvid Aakre

        Bjørn, I honestly don’t care what DNE are using their money on. As an reader I ONLY care about the quality of DNE’s news and opinions. Heck, I don’t wait to buy a copy of the Guardian until the Guardian show me their financial strategy.

        I don’t care if DNE use Macs, PC’s or manual typewriters – I care about the survival of DNE as an independent newspaper, and you are only Morsi’ing if you tell DNE: “show me you spending” …

        We need DNE as an independent and free news source – and I AM WILLING TO DONATE MY SHARE FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.
        Easy as that (-:

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694331245 Arnvid Aakre

        Bjørn, I honestly don’t care what DNE are using their money on. As an reader I ONLY care about the quality of DNE’s news and opinions. Heck, I don’t wait to buy a copy of the Guardian until the Guardian show me their financial strategy.

        I don’t care if DNE use Macs, PC’s or manual typewriters – I care about the survival of DNE as an independent newspaper, and you are only Morsi’ing if you tell DNE: “show me you spending” …

        We need DNE as an independent and free news source – and I AM WILLING TO DONATE MY SHARE FOR THAT TO HAPPEN.
        Easy as that (-:

    • http://www.devenia.com/ Bjorn Solstad

      Good idea if DNE shows us how they are spending their money – meaning they would have to be fully transparent about their budget and exactly what they need money for. There is a difference in buying costly Macs instead of cheaper PC’s for example. Salaries is another cost bearer that we would need to know the size of.

      Also – the advertising on the website itself is far from optimal when it comes to click through rate. My guesstimate is that the current template in use produces less than 0.5% click through. There are templates available that could turn this into 3-4% click through.

    • http://www.devenia.com/ Bjorn Solstad

      Good idea if DNE shows us how they are spending their money – meaning they would have to be fully transparent about their budget and exactly what they need money for. There is a difference in buying costly Macs instead of cheaper PC’s for example. Salaries is another cost bearer that we would need to know the size of.

      Also – the advertising on the website itself is far from optimal when it comes to click through rate. My guesstimate is that the current template in use produces less than 0.5% click through. There are templates available that could turn this into 3-4% click through.

    • http://www.devenia.com/ Bjorn Solstad

      Good idea if DNE shows us how they are spending their money – meaning they would have to be fully transparent about their budget and exactly what they need money for. There is a difference in buying costly Macs instead of cheaper PC’s for example. Salaries is another cost bearer that we would need to know the size of.

      Also – the advertising on the website itself is far from optimal when it comes to click through rate. My guesstimate is that the current template in use produces less than 0.5% click through. There are templates available that could turn this into 3-4% click through.

    • http://www.devenia.com/ Bjorn Solstad

      Good idea if DNE shows us how they are spending their money – meaning they would have to be fully transparent about their budget and exactly what they need money for. There is a difference in buying costly Macs instead of cheaper PC’s for example. Salaries is another cost bearer that we would need to know the size of.

      Also – the advertising on the website itself is far from optimal when it comes to click through rate. My guesstimate is that the current template in use produces less than 0.5% click through. There are templates available that could turn this into 3-4% click through.

    • http://www.devenia.com/ Bjorn Solstad

      Good idea if DNE shows us how they are spending their money – meaning they would have to be fully transparent about their budget and exactly what they need money for. There is a difference in buying costly Macs instead of cheaper PC’s for example. Salaries is another cost bearer that we would need to know the size of.

      Also – the advertising on the website itself is far from optimal when it comes to click through rate. My guesstimate is that the current template in use produces less than 0.5% click through. There are templates available that could turn this into 3-4% click through.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694331245 Arnvid Aakre

    When Egypt Independent had to close, that was a closed window in to Egypt, and a closed door out of Egypt – for independent news.

    Waiting for the EI to raise in a new form, it’s important that the same is not happening to Daily News Egypt.

    It’s people in Egypt who can’t afford that this should happen, and it’s essential for people outside too, to have independent news sources from Egypt.

    That leave us as well with the money side, as good will will not provide bread and ful on the table for journalists or editors, or indipendent news – digital or paper. Not less important, as Mahmoud Salem points out, when DNE DNE is now is the last remaining independent English-language source of journalism in Morsi’s Egypt.

    Still, DNE should look at it’s financial options.
    One is of course standard subscriptions – but one fee is maybe not the best. Many in Egypt who support DNE struggle to get food on their tables. Outside Egypt, income differs a lot, all after the income level of each country, and the situation of each individual.

    My suggestion would then be a merging of subscription and donation, call it “subscription donation”. That way no one “give” money – but they subscribe to DNE, all according to their ability. 10 LE from many Egyptians, and more subcription fees from others give all opportunity to support DNE – and the same goes for those not living in Egypt.

    I would suggest a setup with options as the one Wikimedia use:
    http://bit.ly/15Wd6mI

    I myself read DNE on a daily basis, even before I read my local newspapers. It’s extremely many people in – as outside Egypt who need independent news from Egypt. Allow us to help, all according to each person/organizations ability – as one thing is the bottom line here:

    we can’t afford to loose you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694331245 Arnvid Aakre

    When Egypt Independent had to close, that was a closed window in to Egypt, and a closed door out of Egypt – for independent news.

    Waiting for the EI to raise in a new form, it’s important that the same is not happening to Daily News Egypt.

    It’s people in Egypt who can’t afford that this should happen, and it’s essential for people outside too, to have independent news sources from Egypt.

    That leave us as well with the money side, as good will will not provide bread and ful on the table for journalists or editors, or indipendent news – digital or paper. Not less important, as Mahmoud Salem points out, when DNE DNE is now is the last remaining independent English-language source of journalism in Morsi’s Egypt.

    Still, DNE should look at it’s financial options.
    One is of course standard subscriptions – but one fee is maybe not the best. Many in Egypt who support DNE struggle to get food on their tables. Outside Egypt, income differs a lot, all after the income level of each country, and the situation of each individual.

    My suggestion would then be a merging of subscription and donation, call it “subscription donation”. That way no one “give” money – but they subscribe to DNE, all according to their ability. 10 LE from many Egyptians, and more subcription fees from others give all opportunity to support DNE – and the same goes for those not living in Egypt.

    I would suggest a setup with options as the one Wikimedia use:
    http://bit.ly/15Wd6mI

    I myself read DNE on a daily basis, even before I read my local newspapers. It’s extremely many people in – as outside Egypt who need independent news from Egypt. Allow us to help, all according to each person/organizations ability – as one thing is the bottom line here:

    we can’t afford to loose you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694331245 Arnvid Aakre

    When Egypt Independent had to close, that was a closed window in to Egypt, and a closed door out of Egypt – for independent news.

    Waiting for the EI to raise in a new form, it’s important that the same is not happening to Daily News Egypt.

    It’s people in Egypt who can’t afford that this should happen, and it’s essential for people outside too, to have independent news sources from Egypt.

    That leave us as well with the money side, as good will will not provide bread and ful on the table for journalists or editors, or indipendent news – digital or paper. Not less important, as Mahmoud Salem points out, when DNE DNE is now is the last remaining independent English-language source of journalism in Morsi’s Egypt.

    Still, DNE should look at it’s financial options.
    One is of course standard subscriptions – but one fee is maybe not the best. Many in Egypt who support DNE struggle to get food on their tables. Outside Egypt, income differs a lot, all after the income level of each country, and the situation of each individual.

    My suggestion would then be a merging of subscription and donation, call it “subscription donation”. That way no one “give” money – but they subscribe to DNE, all according to their ability. 10 LE from many Egyptians, and more subcription fees from others give all opportunity to support DNE – and the same goes for those not living in Egypt.

    I would suggest a setup with options as the one Wikimedia use:
    http://bit.ly/15Wd6mI

    I myself read DNE on a daily basis, even before I read my local newspapers. It’s extremely many people in – as outside Egypt who need independent news from Egypt. Allow us to help, all according to each person/organizations ability – as one thing is the bottom line here:

    we can’t afford to loose you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694331245 Arnvid Aakre

    When Egypt Independent had to close, that was a closed window in to Egypt, and a closed door out of Egypt – for independent news.

    Waiting for the EI to raise in a new form, it’s important that the same is not happening to Daily News Egypt.

    It’s people in Egypt who can’t afford that this should happen, and it’s essential for people outside too, to have independent news sources from Egypt.

    That leave us as well with the money side, as good will will not provide bread and ful on the table for journalists or editors, or indipendent news – digital or paper. Not less important, as Mahmoud Salem points out, when DNE DNE is now is the last remaining independent English-language source of journalism in Morsi’s Egypt.

    Still, DNE should look at it’s financial options.
    One is of course standard subscriptions – but one fee is maybe not the best. Many in Egypt who support DNE struggle to get food on their tables. Outside Egypt, income differs a lot, all after the income level of each country, and the situation of each individual.

    My suggestion would then be a merging of subscription and donation, call it “subscription donation”. That way no one “give” money – but they subscribe to DNE, all according to their ability. 10 LE from many Egyptians, and more subcription fees from others give all opportunity to support DNE – and the same goes for those not living in Egypt.

    I would suggest a setup with options as the one Wikimedia use:
    http://bit.ly/15Wd6mI

    I myself read DNE on a daily basis, even before I read my local newspapers. It’s extremely many people in – as outside Egypt who need independent news from Egypt. Allow us to help, all according to each person/organizations ability – as one thing is the bottom line here:

    we can’t afford to loose you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694331245 Arnvid Aakre

    When Egypt Independent had to close, that was a closed window in to Egypt, and a closed door out of Egypt – for independent news.

    Waiting for the EI to raise in a new form, it’s important that the same is not happening to Daily News Egypt.

    It’s people in Egypt who can’t afford that this should happen, and it’s essential for people outside too, to have independent news sources from Egypt.

    That leave us as well with the money side, as good will will not provide bread and ful on the table for journalists or editors, or indipendent news – digital or paper. Not less important, as Mahmoud Salem points out, when DNE DNE is now is the last remaining independent English-language source of journalism in Morsi’s Egypt.

    Still, DNE should look at it’s financial options.
    One is of course standard subscriptions – but one fee is maybe not the best. Many in Egypt who support DNE struggle to get food on their tables. Outside Egypt, income differs a lot, all after the income level of each country, and the situation of each individual.

    My suggestion would then be a merging of subscription and donation, call it “subscription donation”. That way no one “give” money – but they subscribe to DNE, all according to their ability. 10 LE from many Egyptians, and more subcription fees from others give all opportunity to support DNE – and the same goes for those not living in Egypt.

    I would suggest a setup with options as the one Wikimedia use:
    http://bit.ly/15Wd6mI

    I myself read DNE on a daily basis, even before I read my local newspapers. It’s extremely many people in – as outside Egypt who need independent news from Egypt. Allow us to help, all according to each person/organizations ability – as one thing is the bottom line here:

    we can’t afford to loose you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694331245 Arnvid Aakre

    When Egypt Independent had to close, that was a closed window in to Egypt, and a closed door out of Egypt – for independent news.

    Waiting for the EI to raise in a new form, it’s important that the same is not happening to Daily News Egypt.

    It’s people in Egypt who can’t afford that this should happen, and it’s essential for people outside too, to have independent news sources from Egypt.

    That leave us as well with the money side, as good will will not provide bread and ful on the table for journalists or editors, or indipendent news – digital or paper. Not less important, as Mahmoud Salem points out, when DNE DNE is now is the last remaining independent English-language source of journalism in Morsi’s Egypt.

    Still, DNE should look at it’s financial options.
    One is of course standard subscriptions – but one fee is maybe not the best. Many in Egypt who support DNE struggle to get food on their tables. Outside Egypt, income differs a lot, all after the income level of each country, and the situation of each individual.

    My suggestion would then be a merging of subscription and donation, call it “subscription donation”. That way no one “give” money – but they subscribe to DNE, all according to their ability. 10 LE from many Egyptians, and more subcription fees from others give all opportunity to support DNE – and the same goes for those not living in Egypt.

    I would suggest a setup with options as the one Wikimedia use:
    http://bit.ly/15Wd6mI

    I myself read DNE on a daily basis, even before I read my local newspapers. It’s extremely many people in – as outside Egypt who need independent news from Egypt. Allow us to help, all according to each person/organizations ability – as one thing is the bottom line here:

    we can’t afford to loose you!

  • tammersalem

    I would strongly suggest a pay portal. I was definitely shocked when EI shut down. It was one of my main sources of news as an Egyptian living outside Egypt. I like the quality of DNE, although I would like to see more articles. possibly a pay portal would provide the needed income, but equally timely journalism, and as well the excellent op eds, deep analysis articles I’ve come to rely on in DNE.

    The question is still – what can we do to support?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=694331245 Arnvid Aakre

      Agree totally Tammer, but allow me to come back to my cockhorse?

      You, an Egyptian living abroad, me a person who lived 15 yrs in Egypt – abroad now with my egyptian ‘better half’. We have both the ‘bit extra interest’ in news from Egypt.

      I find the news and opinions in DNE so important, that all who read english should have a ‘free’ access to this – and not only MB filtered news.

      So ppl like you and me – and all who are afraid of a world without DNE, and a Egypt only with MB information – should pay, on a donation basis. If some only can donate 10 USD, that’s 10 USD more than nothing, and for those with larger pockets can contribute with far larger donations.

      I just want all who see the importance of DNE as we do, to be able to contribute – whatever possible.
      So bottomline, DNE is responsible to provide DNE – and we the ‘extra interest’ readers to make sure the DNE staff are able to do so – so DNE continue as the open window to egyptians and the world at large …

      • tammersalem

        Completely agree! I would be willing to donate a substantial amount (I have done this before with mosireen and their great journalistic work).
        I think the writers of DNE need to discuss with their management and figure how we “the public” can support them.

  • tammersalem

    I would strongly suggest a pay portal. I was definitely shocked when EI shut down. It was one of my main sources of news as an Egyptian living outside Egypt. I like the quality of DNE, although I would like to see more articles. possibly a pay portal would provide the needed income, but equally timely journalism, and as well the excellent op eds, deep analysis articles I’ve come to rely on in DNE.

    The question is still – what can we do to support?

  • MoniaAbouGhali

    As a frequent reader of Egypt Independent, I was shocked when my twitter feed was bombarded with “final issue” headlines. I thought it was a late April Fools joke and unfortunately it wasn’t. EI and Egypt Daily News are not just English language sources of journalism, they are the voice of the Egyptian people and a reflection of the Egyptian street with its problems, moments of joy, looming dangers, and last but not least, with its perseverance.- Monia Abou Ghali

  • Monia Abou Ghali

    As a frequent reader of Egypt Independent, I was shocked when my twitter
    feed was bombarded with “final issue” headlines. I thought it was a
    late April Fools joke and unfortunately it wasn’t. EI and Egypt Daily
    News are not just English language sources of journalism, they are the
    voice of the Egyptian people and a reflection of the Egyptian street
    with its problems, moments of joy, looming dangers, and last but not
    least, with its perseverance.- Monia Abou Ghali

  • http://www.facebook.com/najlaa.abdelbary Najlaa AbdElBary

    I believe you should make your electronic versions to subscribers in the print or at least start charging for the online access especially for companies or organizations that benefit from your publications but then you will have to promptly feed your online edition as well and make the website constantly updated. Good Luck guys.

  • Guest

    I believe you should make your electronic versions accessible to subscribers in the
    print edition only or at least start charging for the online access especially for
    companies or organizations that benefit from your publications but then
    you will have to promptly feed your online edition as well and make the
    website constantly updated.
    I subscribed to the print edition along with several colleagues several months back. I use your online stories to make some news analysis for work that is in addition to other news stories. I have to admit that DNE stories often have more in-depth in terms of coverage especially compared to local news portals. Though sometimes the oneline stories comes later compared to other online news sources but still there is an added value to your stories.
    Good Luck DNE

  • http://www.facebook.com/najlaa.abdelbary Najlaa AbdElBary

    I believe you should make your electronic versions accessible to subscribers in the
    print edition only or at least start charging for the online access especially for
    companies or organizations that benefit from your publications but then
    you will have to promptly feed your online edition as well and make the
    website constantly updated.
    I
    subscribed to the print edition along with several colleagues several
    months back. I use your online stories to make some news analysis for
    work that is in addition to other news sources online.

    I have to admit that DNE
    stories often have more in-depth in terms of coverage especially
    compared to local news portals. Though sometimes the online stories
    come later compared to other online news sources but still there is an
    added value to your stories.
    Good Luck DNE


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