New editors appointed by Shura

Basil El-Dabh
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Il-Watan newspaper writers left their columns blank in protest at the appointments to top editorial positions in state run media Laurence Underhill / DNE
 Il-Watan newspaper writers left their columns blank in protest at the appointments to top editorial positions in state run media (Laurence Underhill / DNE)
Il-Watan newspaper writers left their columns blank in protest at the appointments to top editorial positions in state run media
Laurence Underhill / DNE

Abdel Nasser Salama was appointed editor-in-chief of Al Ahram newspaper, Gamal Abdel Rahim is the new editor-in-chief of Al-Gomhouriya, and Mohamed Hassan Al-Banna will head Al-Akhbar Al-Youm’s daily newspaper. Many of the editors appointed by the Islamist-dominated Shura Council have notable Islamist leanings.

Salama has a reputation for attacking both the Coptic Church and protesters in his past columns, using questionable allegations to support his opinions.

In December 2010, Al Ahram published a piece by Salama in which he claimed Pope Shenouda III gave a speech in 1973 disclosing a plan to equalise the numbers of Christians and Muslims in Egypt by 2000. He also accused the late pope and foreign powers of exaggerating sectarian strife in the country.

Al Ahram later suspended Salama and issued an apology for his statements.

In an editorial dated 7 February 2011, days before the resignation of ousted President Hosni Mubarak, Salama claimed, “we have seen foreigners in the square carrying banners, demanding the fall of the regime, and we have also seen cars with diplomatic plates provide hot meals for protesters, while neighborhood security watches in the streets in more than one incident arrested individuals of different nationalities in cars with arms and money.”

Al-Qenawi, of the weekly Akhbar Al-Youm newspaper, is a notable Islamist journalist and was once editor-in-chief of the Al-Azhar-run newspaper, Sout Al-Azhar.

Shaker Abdel Fattah Moussa worked for the state-run news agency MENA in New Delhi from 2003-2006 and later covered conferences in Europe and Africa.

Al-Akhbar’s Al-Banna had been managing editor and has worked in media, journalism, and Quranic research.

Rose Al-Yousef’s magazine’s new editor-in-chief, Essam Abdel Aziz, has ties to the old regime and has been managing editor for the magazine.

State-run Al-Gomhouriya’s new editor-in-chief, Gamal Abdel Rahim, has a history of speaking out against Egypt’s small Baha’i community. In 2009, he lauded attacks on Baha’i homes in an Upper Egyptian village in Sohag and consistently spoke out against Baha’ism in his columns.

The Shura Council’s power to appoint the editors-in-chief of state newspaper has sparked controversy among Egyptian journalists. On Thursday, columnists in the privately-owned Al-Tahrir, Al-Masry Al-Youm, and Al-Watan newspapers protested by leaving their columns blank.

In Al-Watan, prominent writers including former MP Amr Hamzawy, left blank columns under their headings with a message at the bottom reading, “this space is blank protesting attempts by the [Muslim Brotherhood] to control the state press and general media establishments owned by the Egyptian people, like the previous [NDP] party.”


The complete list of newly appointed editors:


Al Ahram

Al Ahram: Abdel Nasser Salama

Al Ahram Economic: Salem Wahby Hafez

Al Shabab: Hassan Fathy

Nasf Al-Donya: AmalFawzy

Al Ahram Al-Masaee: Mohamed Kharaaga

AlaaEddin: Mohamed Thabet

Al Ahram Al Arabi: Ashraf BadrMahdy

Al Bayt: SalfeyaSaadEddin

Lugha Al-Asr: Adel Al-Laqqani

Al-Democratia: Basheer Abdel Fattah

Al-Taawun: Mohamed Abu Shusha

Al-Zeraeya: Azmy Al-Nasharty

Al-Ahram Sport: Anwar Mohamed

Al-Ahram Weekly: GalalNassar

Al-Ahram Ebdu: HeshamMourad Ismail

Al-Seyasa Al-Dawlia: Awad Khalil

Diwan Al-Ahram: Kawthar Ahmed


MENA: Shaker GamalEddin


Al Akhbar

Al-Akhbar: Mohamed Hassan Al-Banna

Al-Akhbar Al-Youm (Weekly): Suleiman Qanawy

AkherSaa: Ibrahim Abdel Rahman

Akhbar Al-Hawadith: Mamdouh Al-Sagheer

AkhbarSport: Abdallah Mohamed

Akhbar Automotive: Ayman Abdel Aal

Gareedat Al-Lewa: Abd Al-MoatyEmran

Al-Mesaeya: Mahmoud Talaat Al-Khouly

Akhbar Al-Nogoum: EntesarDerdery

Akhbar Al-Adab: MagdyTohamy


Al Gomhouriya

Newspaper:Gamal Abdel Rahim

Egyptian Gazette: MagdyQattan

Al-Noskha Al-Francia: Mohamed Al-Sayyed

Shashty: Hossam Abdel Moneim

Al-Mesaa: Abdel Momen Al-Hebaa

Hereety: Abdel Fattah Morsy

Al-Raa: Mohamed Ali Al-Sharqawy

Aqeedaty: MegahedBassiouny


Dar Al-Helal


Hawwaa: AmalMabrouk

Al-Helal: Mohamed Abdel Wahab Al-Shafei

Tom and Jerry: Ebtesam Mohamed Mahmoud


Rose Al-Youssef

Magazine: Essam Abdel Aziz

Newspaper: GamalTayae

Sabah Al-Kheir: Mohamed AbdallahHeeba


October: Ahmed Shaheen

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