El Fagr

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El Fagr
El Fagr front page
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Al-Fagr for Printing and Publishing Inc.
Editor Manal Lashin
Founded 3 June 2005; 12 years ago (2005-06-03)
Language Arabic
Headquarters Cairo, Egypt
Website Official website

El Fagr (IPA: [elˈfæɡɾ]; also Al Fagr, Arabic: الفجر‎‎ "The dawn") is an Egyptian independent weekly newspaper,[1] based in Cairo.

History and profile[edit]

El Fagr was first published on 3 June 2005.[2] The paper is part of Al-Fagr for Printing and Publishing Inc.[2] The weekly, published on Thursdays,[3] is a sensationalist publication.[4]

Hassan Amr is one of the former editors of the paper.[5] As of 2013 Manal Lashin was the editor-in-chief of the weekly.[6]

In its 21st edition, dated 17 October 2005, El Fagr was the first newspaper worldwide to republish on its front page (one cartoon) and page 17, a total of six cartoons portraying the Islamic prophet Muhammad of twelve cartoons originally published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.[7] These twelve cartoons gave rise to the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy. However, these caricatures received little attention in Egypt and the paper was not banned due to its reprints of the caricatures.[7]

In March 2006 Amira Malsh, a journalist working for El Fagr, was sentenced to a year in prison with hard labor because of libeling a judge in an article published in the paper.[8]

In 2013 the weekly started an award in the memory of Al Husseiny Abu Deif, a journalist who died in December 2012 during clashes among the demonstrators.[6]


  1. ^ Adel Iskandar (May 2007). "Lines in the Sand: Problematizing Arab Media in the Post-Taxonomic Era" (PDF). Arab Media & Society. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 March 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Mohamed Ezz Elvarab. "Greasing the presses". Arab Memo to the Next American President (PDF). Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Ekram Ibrahim (21 June 2012). "Egyptian media warns of "massacre of the century"". Ahram Online. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Richard Butsch; Sonia Livingstone (15 August 2013). The Meanings of Audiences: Comparative Discourses. Routledge. p. 125. ISBN 978-1-135-04305-6. 
  5. ^ Lawrence Pintak; Jeremy Ginges (July 2008). "The Mission of Arab Journalism: Creating Change in a Time of Turmoil" (PDF). The International Journal of Press/Politics. 13 (3). doi:10.1177/1940161208317142. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Media and Press Situation in Egypt: Ninth Report" (Report). Al Sawt Al Hurr. 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Daved Barry; Hans Hansen (30 April 2008). The SAGE Handbook of New Approaches in Management and Organization. SAGE Publications. p. 245. ISBN 978-1-4462-0407-8. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Hussein Amin. "Strengthening the Rule of Law and Integrity in the Arab World" (PDF). Arab Center for the Development of the Rule of Law and Integrity. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 

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