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CategoriesNews magazine
PublisherDar Al Hilal Publishing House
Year founded1925; 94 years ago (1925)
Based inCairo

Al-Musawar (Arabic: المصور‎) is an Egyptian weekly current events magazine.[1] The weekly is a state-owned publication. Its headquarters is in Cairo.[2]

History and profile[edit]

Al Musawar was launched as a weekly in 1925.[3][4] The founder of the weekly was George Bey Zidan.[5] Emil and Shukri Zidan are also the founders of the weekly which is published on Saturdays.[3] The publisher is Dar Al Hilal Publishing House.[3][6] On 17 December 1932 the magazine began to publish a sports supplement, Al Aptal (meaning Champions in English).[7]

The weekly has been owned by the Egyptian government since 1960[8][9] and its editors-in-chief and head of the publishing house are appointed by the state.[6][10]

One of its longest-serving editors was journalist Fekry Abaza.[11] He held the post between 1926 and 1961 when he was fired due to his article published on 17 August 1961.[12] Female writer Amīnah al-Saʿīd and Hamdy Rizq are among the former editors-in-chief of Al Musawar.[8][13] Makram Mohammed Ahmed served as editor-in-chief of the weekly from the mid-1980s to 2005.[6][14] Abdul Qadir Shuheib was appointed editor-in-chief in July 2005.[6] On 28 June 2014 Fatema Sayed became the editor-in-chief of the magazine.[15]

The weekly published interviews with major figures including one with King Faisal of Saudi Arabia in August 1972[16] and several others with the former President Husni Mubarak.[3]

See also[edit]

List of magazines in Egypt


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  2. ^ Europa World Year. Taylor & Francis Group. 2004. p. 1538. ISBN 978-1-85743-254-1. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
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  4. ^ M. Cherif Bassiouni (8 November 2016). Chronicles of the Egyptian Revolution and its Aftermath: 2011–2016. Cambridge University Press. p. 327. ISBN 978-1-107-13343-3. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  5. ^ Talaat I. Farag. "Satirical Papyrus and Modern Cartoonists (Part II)". The Ambassadors (15). Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d "Egypt axes media moguls". News24. Cairo. 4 July 2005. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  7. ^ Wilson Chacko Jacob (2011). Working Out Egypt: Effendi Masculinity and Subject Formation in Colonial Modernity, 1870–1940. Duke University Press. p. 142. ISBN 0-8223-4674-5. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  8. ^ a b Omar Halawa (28 September 2012). "Indebted and overstaffed, how can state-owned papers survive?". Egypt Independent. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  9. ^ Nathalie Bernard-Maugiron (1999). "Freedom of the press in Egypt: Checks and Balances". Law Journal Library. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  10. ^ J. Miller Gulf Crisis Produces Surge of Egyptian Confidence The New York Times 11 November 1990. Retrieved 24 November 2013
  11. ^ مجلة المصور [Al Musawar Magazine] (in Arabic). Alexandrina: Memory of Modern Egypt Digital Archive. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  12. ^ Ghada Hashem Talhami (9 September 2007). Palestine in the Egyptian Press: From Al Ahram to Al Ahali. Lexington Books. p. 152. ISBN 978-0-7391-5863-0. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  13. ^ "Happened on this day: 20 May 2013". Discover Egypt. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  14. ^ Zvi Bar'el (8 December 2013). "Egypt's new constitution: Greater freedom - subject to military approval". Haaretz. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  15. ^ "Media Situation in Egypt: Thirteenth report for the period June and August 2014" (Report). Al Sawt Al Hurr. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  16. ^ The Theory and Practice of Islamic Terrorism. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 212. ISBN 978-0-230-61650-9.

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