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Al-Akhbar (Egypt)

TypeDaily newspaper
Founder(s)Ali Amin
Mustafa Amin
PublisherDar Akhbar El Yom
Founded1 May 1952; 72 years ago (1952-05-01)

Al-Akhbar (Arabic: الأخبار; The News in English) is an Arabic daily newspaper based in Egypt.[1] It is a state-owned semi-official newspaper.[2][3]

History and profile

Al-Akhbar was first published in May 1952 as a part of Akhbar el-Yom.[4][5] The founders were the Amin brothers, Ali and Mustafa Amin.[6] The publisher is Dar Akhbar El Yom.[7] The paper is headquartered in Cairo.[8]

Egyptian novelist Gamal el-Ghitani is one of the former contributors and editors-in-chief of the daily.[9] He was appointed to the post in 1985.[9] Another prominent Egyptian author Anis Mansour was also the editor-in-chief of the daily.[10] In January 2011 Mohamed Barakat was appointed editor-in-chief, replacing Mohamed Mahdy Fadly in the post.[11] Mohammad Hassan El Bana assumed the post during the Morsi era.[12] Ibrahim Abdul Meguid worked for the daily and was dismissed during the same period due to his critical articles about the Muslim Brotherhood.[13] The paper also ceased its "free opinion" section and fired several contributors during the same period.[12][13]

In terms of institutional size, it is the second daily in the country after al-Ahram.[2] During the 1950s al-Akhbar had a circulation of over 700,000 copies.[6] In 1976, the paper was the most read daily in Egypt with a circulation of 650,000 copies.[14] In 2000 the paper sold 1.1 million copies.[15]


  1. ^ "Egypt. Media Landscape". European Journalism Center. Archived from the original on 27 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Sunday's News: Mubarak back on the field". Egypt Independent. 25 April 2010. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  3. ^ Al Akhbar Media Monitor Egypt. Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Publication overview" (PDF). Ipsos. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 April 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  5. ^ "Al Masry Al Youm transforming Egyptian press". Tavaana. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  6. ^ a b Arthur Goldschmidt, ed. (2000). Biographical Dictionary of Modern Egypt. Lynne Rienner Publishers. p. 21. ISBN 978-1-55587-229-8.
  7. ^ Al Akhbar (Egypt) Archived 13 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Egypt Foreign Policy and Government Guide. Int'l Business Publications. 1999. p. 215. ISBN 978-0-7397-3550-3.
  9. ^ a b Safaa Azab (7 August 2014). "Gamal El-Ghitani: Nasser should have listened to Naguib Mahfouz". Asharq Al Awsat. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  10. ^ William B. Quandt (1988). The Middle East: Ten Years After Camp David. Brookings Institution Press. p. 19. ISBN 0-8157-2052-1.
  11. ^ Safaa Abdoun; Marwa Al A’asar (18 January 2011). "Shoura Council reshuffles editors of state papers, magazines". Daily News Egypt. Cairo. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  12. ^ a b Mohammed Saad (15 August 2012). "Egypt's state Al-Akhbar newspaper stops articles by prominent intellectuals". Al Ahram Online. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  13. ^ a b "Freedom of the Press 2013 - Egypt". Freedom House. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  14. ^ Mushira Eid (1 January 2002). The World of Obituaries: Gender across Cultures and over Time. Wayne State University Press. p. 52. ISBN 0-8143-3655-8.
  15. ^ Sahar Hegazi; Mona Khalifa (October 2000). "Increasing the Coverage of Reproductive Health Issues in Egyptian Press Project" (PDF). FRONTIERS/Population Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
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