ISSN: 17519411
First published in 2008
2 issues per volume
Volume 4 Issue 2-3
Cover Date: March 2012
Producing News in Mubarak’s Egypt: An analysis of Egyptian newspaper production during the late Hosni Mubarak era
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Authors:  Mohamad Hamas Elmasry 
DOI: 10.1386/jammr.4.2-3.121_1

Egypt,media,sociology of news,Mubarak,news,press systems

This research explores news production in Egypt during the last half of 2008, relatively late in Hosni Mubarak’s presidency. The study focuses on Al-Ahram, Al-Masry Al-Yom, and Al-Wafd, three major Egyptian dailies representing the range of Egyptian media ownership categories: government-owned, independent (or non-affiliated) and opposition party-owned. The research included extended ethnography-inspired field observation and interviewing. Against the conceptual backdrops of the sociology of news and press systems scholarship, the project presents a model of the Egyptian newspaper system during one important period in the Mubarak era. Results suggest that Egyptian journalists at all three newspapers faced numerous obstacles to information gathering and were forbidden from crossing certain legal and cultural lines in their reporting. The president, security apparatuses and dominant Egyptian cultural beliefs were generally off limits to news organizations, and news content was filtered through mechanisms of control ensuring that content conformed to standards of political, legal and cultural acceptability.
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