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Mustafa Amin (Arabic: مصطفى أمين) (born February 21, 1914 in Cairo, died April 13, 1997 in Cairo) was an Egyptian columnist and journalist who enjoyed a great deal of popularity in the Arab world. Known for his liberal perspective, Mostafa Amin and his brother are seen as the fathers of modern Arab journalism.
Amin and his brother were responsible for the five best selling publications in Egypt prior to the nationalization of the Egyptian press by Nasser in 1960.
In 1944 he took the post as editor of El-Ethnin, then, with his twin brother Ali Amin, launched the Saturday weekly paper Akhbar El Yom. Four years later the two brothers launched the daily Elakhbar. Within two years, the Akhbar el Yom group took over the daily newspaper Akher Saa. The group continued to publish magazines and weeklies over the years.
Mostafa Amin and his brother also encouraged the celebration of Mother's Day in Egypt, which takes place the 21st of March every year. He also encouraged the celebration of Egyptian Valentine which is dated 11 November however is not as popular as St. Valentine.
Mostafa Amin was not only a journalist and editor but he also had a number of successful novels. A few were produced in Egyptian cinema. Examples include:
Miss K (الانسه ك) Miss Hayam (الانسه هيام) The forbidden book ( الكتاب الممنوع) The beloved actress (معبودة الجماهير) First grade in love (سنه اولي حب) also his autobiography in the period of his imprisonment.
- Douglas Jehl (April 16, 1997). "Mustafa Amin, Liberal Editor Jailed by Nasser, Dies at 83". The New York Times.
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