Daily News Egypt closes

by Toby Manhire / 23 April, 2012
English-language Egyptian news source announces closure, expressing concern over archive.
Some disappointing news for English-language followers of Egyptian news: the Daily News Egypt is closing.

The paper, which appeared as a supplement with the International Herald Tribune, and flagged itself as "Egypt's only independent newspaper in English", was founded in 2005.

A valedictory editorial reads:

After seven years of providing hard breaking news and analysis on Egypt, and being the only independent English-language printed daily in the country, we regret to inform our loyal readers that, as far as the current editorial staff was informed, the paper will no longer be published.


As for the website, a valuable archive of the past seven years of Egypt's history — in politics, business, society, arts, culture and lifestyle; in text, images and videos which the dedicated editorial staff has developed and maintained, we are unfortunately not certain of its fate.


We have specifically and repeatedly requested from the management of the owning company, Egyptian Media Services, to keep the website alive, even if it means that we, the current editors and reporters, have to finance it ourselves. Both ethically and morally, we believe we should be given priority on its ownership.


We have specifically and repeatedly requested from the management of the owning company, Egyptian Media Services, to keep the website alive, even if it means that we, the current editors and reporters, have to finance it ourselves. Both ethically and morally, we believe we should be given priority on its ownership.


More here.

For Anglophone followers of events in Egypt, the DNE has been an important source.

As Abdel-Rahman Hussein wrote on Twitter (via Andy Carvin):

Years before the revolution, and before Masry and Ahram launched English sites, Daily News Egypt was only independent news source, covering in English the nascent movements, protests and dissent that would later coalesce into #jan25










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