Youm7

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Youm7
Type Daily
Format Compact
Publisher Egyptian Journalism, Publishing and Advertisement
"المصرية للصحافة والنشر والإعلان"
Editor Khaled Saleh
Founded 2008; 6 years ago (2008)
Political alignment Independent reformist/liberal
Headquarters Giza, Cairo, Egypt
Website http://www2.youm7.com/default.asp (Arabic)

Youm7 (Arabic: اليوم السابع‎, IPA: [iljoːm issaːbiʕ], meaning The Seventh Day) is an Egyptian privately owned daily newspaper that was first published as a weekly paper in October 2008 and has been published daily since May 2011.[1] It is published in Arabic. The paper was twice selected by Forbes Middle East as having the most effective news website in the Middle East.[2][3] Youm7 reportedly has the most-visited website of any Egyptian newspaper.[4] On 6 October 2013 it launched an English news website called The Cairo Post.

History[edit]

Founding and profile[edit]

Youm7 was first published as a weekly paper in October 2008 and has been published daily since 31 May 2011.[1] Editor Khaled Salah said shortly after the paper's expansion to daily publication that Youm7 "supports the popular need for a civil state and will strive to present facts to readers without political bias and with credible representation of diverse views."[5]

According to internet information service Alexa Internet, 59% of visitors to Youm7's website come from Egypt, and compared to internet users overall they are disproportionately higher-income college graduates and women browsing from home.[6] In 2012, the paper's online version was the sixth most-visited website in Egypt based on the Alexa data.[7] In 2014 the paper launched a new website, Photo7 , which is a portal for pictures in Egypt and the Arab world.[8]

The Cairo Post[edit]

On 6 October 2013 Youm7 launched an English-language website called The Cairo Post, under the direction of Sallie Pisch, who also directed the organization's short-lived 'Youm7 English Edition' in 2011 (see below).

In an article published on the day the website launched, Pisch wrote that the goal for The Cairo Post was for it "to become the news outlet to most faithfully portray Egypt, in all her intricacies, to all those who watch her and want to understand."[9]

As of November 2013, the website was publishing roughly 200 stories daily, a combination of original content, articles translated from Youm7's Arabic news website, and wire services.

Youm7 English Edition[edit]

On 8 August 2011, managing director Sallie Pisch announced the launch of Youm7 English Edition, stating that the English-language paper aimed to fill the gap in "quality, understandable news coverage coming out of Egypt in English."[10] Youm7 English Edition also managed an Egypt Wiki that "aims to provide background info on Egyptian politicians, public figures and organizations in one location."[11] As of 2 May 2012, the Youm7 English Edition appears to no longer be functioning, as the link to the English Edition homepage redirects to the Youm7 Arabic site. On 13 December 2012, the English Edition Twitter profile tweeted "Dear followers, we are currently having a problem with our website. We hope to get it figured out and back online soon!"[12] As of 2 May 2012, the Youm7 English Edition Twitter profile's last tweet was published on 21 December 2012.

Political Coverage[edit]

The paper's politicized coverage since the 2011 Egyptian Revolution has led to calls for its boycott.[13] Online activists in Egyptalso accused the paper of fabricating news and spreading misinformation, and at one point urged Twitter users to unfollow any profiles associated with the paper. The paper's English-language website was also hacked in July 2011, taking it offline.[4] In May, 2012, Youm7 was again accused of fabricating the news after publishing a report alleging that the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party had organized medical convoys to provide free female genital mutilation operations to girls. The Ministry of Health immediately announced an investigation, however no other media outlet was able to confirm the allegations. The Freedom and Justice Party denied the allegations.[14]

See also[edit]

List of newspapers in Egypt

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Who Are We من نحن". Youm7. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Youm7 wins Forbes prize for best website in the Middle East". Arab News Agency. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Forbes Middle East announced the official ranking of the Top 50 Newspapers Online for the MENA Region at its launch event". Zawya. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Egypt’s Youm7.com website hacked". Bikya Masr. 24 July 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Ahmed Ziada (30 May 2011). "youm7 newspaper is today a daily newspaper May 31st, and expansion after the English and the radio and TV version". Media in Egypt. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Statistics Summary for youm7.com". Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Omar Halawa (28 September 2012). "Indebted and overstaffed, how can state-owned papers survive?". Egypt Independent. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Media Situation in Egypt: Tenth report for the period January and February 2014" (Report). Al Sawt Al Hurr. 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Our dream for the Cairo Post Youm7.
  10. ^ Sallie Pisch (5 August 2011). "Welcome to Youm7 English Edition". Masress. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Youm7". Islamopedia Online. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  12. ^ Twitter
  13. ^ Facebook page
  14. ^ "Regarding the brotherhood and #FGM". Egyptian Chronicles. 13 May 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 

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