The Egyptian Gazette

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The Egyptian Gazette
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)El Tahrir Printing and Publishing House
EditorMohamed Fahmy
Founded26 January 1880; 142 years ago (1880-01-26)
Political alignmentNationalism, Secularism
HeadquartersCairo, Egypt

The Egyptian Gazette is an English-language Egyptian daily, part of El Tahrir Printing and Publishing House.

First published on 26 January 1880, it is the oldest English-language newspaper in the Middle East.

Eyad Abu El Haggag is chairman of the Gazette's board and Mohamed Fahmy has been the editor-in-chief since Sept. 27, 2020.[1]


The Egyptian Gazette was founded in 1880[2] as a four-page weekly tabloid in Alexandria by five Britons, including Andrew Philip, as editor, and Moberly Bell, later managing editor of The Times in London.[1]

In the 1930s, Cairo became more important than Alexandria as a news centre and the newspaper's offices were moved to the Egyptian capital on 20 February 1938.[1]

Shortly before World War II, ownership of The Egyptian Gazette passed to the Société Orientale de Publicité (SOP) (English: Eastern Publishing Company), in which Oswald J. Finney, a wealthy British businessman, was the major shareholder. The Egyptian Gazette found itself associated with The Egyptian Mail, another English-language Egyptian newspaper, founded in 1914, and also owned by the SOP. The market was split between the two dailies, with the Mail appearing in the morning, and the Gazette in the evening.[1]

At the end of the war and with the departure of most of the British Army stationed in Egypt, the market for English-language newspapers shrank dramatically. As a result, and as continues to the present day, The Egyptian Gazette is published every day except Tuesdays, when the now-weekly The Egyptian Mail appears.[1]

In May 1954, following the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 and the nationalization program of President Nasser, El Tahrir Printing and Publishing House took over ownership of the newspaper from the SOP. Amin Abul Enein was appointed managing editor, bringing the newspaper under the editorial authority of an Egyptian for the first time.[1]


Year Editor
1952 - 1978 Amin Aboul-Enein
1978 - 1980 Ramez El Halawani
1980 - 1989 Sami el-Shahed
1989 - 1991 Mohamed el-Ezabi
1991 - 2005 Mohamed Ali Ibrahim
2005 - 2011 Ramadan Abdel Kader
2014 - 2020 Mohamed Kassem
2020 - now Mohamed Fahmy


  1. ^ a b c d e f The Egyptian Gazette Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  2. ^ William A. Rugh (2004). "Newspapers and Print Media: Arab Countries". Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa. Retrieved 3 May 2018.

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