Updates from Egypt: Cairo Publisher’s Offices Attacked

In Arabic Publishing by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije

The chairman of one of Egypt’s largest publishing houses, Dar El Shorouk, said Mubarak loyalists tried to attack the offices of his independent newspaper, Al Shorouk, today in the upscale neighbourhood of Mohandeseen.

In a telephone interview, Ibrahim El Mouallem said that pro-regime protesters attempted to storm the building but the guards, journalists and neighbours were able to push the protesters back. “There are rumours that there will be another attack at night,” said El Mouallem.

Yesterday was the anniversary of the independent paper’s third year of existence, and the fact that it is independent was enough to provoke the attacks, said El Mouallem. “We started Al Shorouk because we need an independent newspaper in Egypt. People have the right to express themselves. We want to be part of the real world.”

El Mouallem added that the paper has items syndicated with the New York Times and the Financial Times.

The Internet was back up today and El Mouallem sent the following statement:

“The world is watching while thugs are on the loose attacking Egyptian men and women on the street and terrorizing a whole nation for having dared to call for justice, freedom and dignity and political reforms.

Hundreds of thousands of young Egyptian men and women today were brutally attacked in Tahrir Square and elsewhere in Cairo and other Egyptian governorate in an attempt to stabilize the existence of a regime that they have spoken up against.

The promises of reform made by the regime hours before the beginning of the Tahrir Square bloodbath cannot be taken seriously anymore.

If the regime is serious about instituting reforms it needs to immediately get the thugs out; stop terrorizing intellectuals and newspapers; stop its attempts to divide the Muslims and Copts in a battle that will burn this nation.

The instability of Egypt is a recipe for a regional catastrophe that could compromise the interests of the world and its stability.

The calls that have been made so far to save Egypt and the Egyptians are not good enough. The Egyptians wanted a peaceful transformation of power and many were willing to have faith in the promise made by the president but today it is the responsibility of the president to call for an immediate end for this wave of terror…”

About the Author

Olivia Snaije

Olivia Snaije is a journalist and editor based in Paris who writes about translation, literature, graphic novels, the Middle East, and multiculturalism. She is the author of three books and has contributed to newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Global Post, and The New York Times.