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Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Ech-chorouk Information
Editor Nasr Eddine Kacem
Founded 1990; 25 years ago (1990)
Political alignment Centre-left
Language Arabic
Headquarters Maison de la presse Abdelkader Safir, Kouba, Algiers
Website Echorouk

Echorouk (in Arabic الشروق اليومي) or Ech Chorouk El Youmi (Arabic, aš-šurūqu-l-yawmi, The Daily Dawn) is a daily newspaper in Algeria published Saturday to Thursday in the tabloid format. It is the second-largest daily Arabophone newspaper (after El Khabar).

History and profile[edit]

Echrouk was started in 1990 under the name of Echorouk Al Arabi.[1] The paper is independent, and often critical of the government, as well as strongly critical of the Islamist rebel movements which remain active after the Algerian Civil War.[2] The paper also publishes Ech Chorouk El Ousboui, a weekly supplement.[2]

The paper's online version was the third most visited website for 2010 in the MENA region.[3]

2006 Qadhafi affair[edit]

In a fall 2006 trial, the leader of neighbouring Libya, Muammar Gaddafi, took the unprecedented step of suing the paper in an Algerian court for defamation. The court decided on October 31 that Ech Chorouk's reporting of Qadhafi's attempts to induce Algerian Tuaregs to separatism had slandered the Libyan leader, and suspended the paper for two months. The editor and the responsible reporter were both sentenced to six months in jail. The verdict was condemned as a strike against press freedom by virtually the entire Algerian independent press and numerous political parties, as well as from international press watchdogs.[4]


  1. ^ "Algeria". The Arab Press Network. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Cristina Romero. "Media Landscapes. Algeria". European Journalism Center. Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Forbes Releases Top 50 MENA Online Newspapers; Lebanon Fails to Make Top 10". Jad Aoun. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Two journalists sentenced to six months in prison for defaming Libya’s president Moammar Gadhafi". Reporters Sans Frontières. Algeria. 1 November 2006. Archived from the original on 30 October 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2010. 

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