The Egyptian Gazette

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The Egyptian Gazette
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)El Tahrir Printing and Publishing House
EditorMohamed Kassem
Founded26 January 1880; 138 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.

Saad Selim is chairman of the Gazette's board and Mohamed Kassem has been the editor-in-chief since 2014.[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 Abul 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 - Till now Mohamed Kassem

Since the publication of its maiden issue as early as in the year 1880, The Egyptian Gazette has established itself not only as the Middle East’s oldest daily English-language newspaper but also as a trusted chronicler of Egyptian affairs and a reliable projector of Egypt’s views on Arab, Middle Eastern and world political, economic and cultural developments.

With a characteristically broad perspective, observance of the highest professional standards and commitment to the finest editorial and style criteria, The Gazette has all the time reasserted its stature as the leading English-language newspaper in the entire region.

Backed with as many as 140 years of journalistic finesse and prestige, The Gazette has grown into an unbeatable brand and a platform of choice for advertisers.

Most recently, The Gazette has such remolded its output as to keep expatriates, especially the second and third generations of them, sufficiently apprised of and updated on happenings in the homeland and to provide foreign political observers, investors, scholars and students with the richest and subtlest Egypt-focused content.

With this newly revamped online service, The Gazette and its weekly edition The Egyptian Mail are effectively reaching out to the largest ever quality-oriented readership, thereby making it all the more easier and smoother for readers and advertisers alike to get access to a trustworthy and competitively efficient generator of newspaper content.


  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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