Al-Wafd

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Al-Wafd
الوفد
Type Daily
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Wafd Party
Publisher Wafd Party
Founded 1984; 30 years ago (1984)
Political alignment Opposition (Centre-right, National liberalism, Egyptian nationalism)
Headquarters Dokki, Giza, Egypt
Circulation 9,000 - 10,000 (2009)
Official website Al Wafd

Al-Wafd (Arabic: الوفد‎) is the daily newspaper published by the Wafd ('Delegation') party in Giza, Egypt.

History and profile[edit]

The paper was launched in 1984.[1] As the house organ of the liberal-democratic neo-Wafd party, the paper is considered an opposition paper,[2] although both party and paper have oscillated between support and opposition for the regime. It is one of the highest circulated papers among those dailies owned by a political party in the country.[3] The 2005 circulation of the daily was 180,000 copies.[4] The same year Mohamed Ali Ibrahim was named as the editor-in-chief of the paper.[4] Then Abbas Al Tarabili served as the editor-in-chief until February 2009.[5] During the Egyptian revolution in 2011 Osama Heikal was the editor-in-chief.[6] He was appointed information minister in July 2011.[6]

Controversy[edit]

Abbas Al Tarabili, then chief editor of the daily, was fired in February 2009 due to low circulation rates that were between 9,000 and 10,000.[5]

On 4 September 2013, the paper portrayed the US President Barack Obama as Satan due to his support for opposition forces in Syria.[7] The paper also argued that Obama is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.[7][8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hend Selim. "The Coverage of Egypt’s Revolution in the Egyptian, American and Israeli Newspapers". Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Andrew Hammond (2007). Popular Culture in the Arab World: Arts, Politics, and the Media. American Univ in Cairo Press. p. 237. ISBN 978-977-416-054-7. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Rasha Allam. Media landscapes. Egypt European Journalism Centre. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Zoellick's visit to Egypt (July 13-14)". Wikileaks. 18 July 2005. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Egypt: Al-Wafd newspaper editor fired because of drop in circulation". The Arab Press Network. 27 February 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Egypt's reinstatement of Information Ministry is a setback". Committee to Protect Journalists. New York. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Leslie Larson (5 September 2013). "Egyptian newspaper creates image of Obama as Satan". New York Daily News. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Sharona Schwartz (3 September 2013). "Egyptian Newspaper’s Explosive Allegation: President Obama Is a Secret Muslim Brotherhood Member". The Blaze. Retrieved 8 September 2014.