Saturday, August 21, 2010

Day 44: "Akhbar, Ahram, Gomhoreya!"

August 19

This is the Al Gomhoreya newspaper building. In case you didn't notice, it looks like a newspaper..
Anyways, Al Gomhoreya = The Republic. This newspaper was established in the '50s by ex-President Gamal Abdel Nasser and is a government newspaper until now. The problem is, the 3 largest newspapers in Egypt (Al Ahram, Akhbar el Youm, and Al Gomhoreya) are all run by the government. You can see the problem with this, no? Fortunately for us, there are many smaller, private newspapers being established, as well as newspapers established by each political party. Just the fact that political parties now exist in Egypt is a step forward from when Nasser ruled, where parties other than the National party didn't even exist. However, people still debate whether these current parties even mean anything, considering that many of them are underhandedly established by the ruling government just to make it seem like we have competing parties and a real "democratic system." Oh Egyptian politics...

Ps: the title of this post is what the newspaper boys who sell newspapers on the street used to say when they call out for people to come buy the fresh-off-the-press newspapers. I think they still do...?

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