Al-Ahram has long served as the memory of Egypt, Arab world: Sisi on 50,000th issue

Ahram Online , Sunday 29 Oct 2023

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi praised Al-Ahram for being “the contemporary memory of Egypt and the Arab World throughout its long history,” as the nearly 150-year-old newspaper celebrates the release of its 50,000th issue on Sunday.

Al-Ahram s 50,000th issue
Egypt s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi writes to Al-Ahram as it releases its 50,000th issue on Sunday


Writing for Al-Ahram on this “special and unique” occasion, El-Sisi extended his greetings to reporters, workers, and officials at Al-Ahram Foundation as well as staffers in other media and press platforms.

El-Sisi said the “well-established and distinguished Al-Ahram has held its own in the heart of the events for around 148 years since its establishment on 27 December, 1875.”

The president also praised Al-Ahram for “reflecting with full accuracy and professionalism the details of Egyptian daily life” and “recording all local, regional, and international events with well-established and objective professional traditions.”

He also hailed Al-Ahram for “discerning convergence and divergence chances between Egypt and its Arab and foreign surroundings.”

The president said he looks forward to these professional traditions adopted by Al-Ahram continuing and developing as part of “the new republic … that stands in the face of the frustration and despair, spreading hope, goodness, construction and prosperity” throughout the country.

The new republic concept involves a decent life for all citizens and a strong state that is capable of protecting national and Arab security, he said, citing ongoing regional challenges, especially in Palestine.

“The celebration of the release of the 50,000th issue comes amid difficult and complicated challenges and circumstances that the Palestinian cause is going through,” El-Sisi said.

Al-Ahram has been covering the Palestinian cause since the Balfour Declaration in 1917 through the Nakba (Catastrophe) in 1948 and the 1967 defeat as well as all subsequent conflicts and negotiations.

Sisi said he aspires for a “more distinguished” role by Al-Ahram Foundation and all Egyptian press and media institutions, stemming from their duty to educate and enlighten.

Publicly-owned Arabic language Al-Ahram is Egypt’s second oldest newspaper after Al-Waqai Al-Misriya newspaper that was established in 1828 to serve as the official gazette at the time.

A photo of the first issue of Al-Ahram in 1876. Al-Ahram

Al-Ahram was founded by Lebanese-Ottoman brothers Saleem Takla and Beshara Takla in Alexandria and turned from a weekly newspaper to a daily one in 1881.

Today, it is read by hundreds of thousands of people each day.

Over the past decades, Al-Ahram has brought together veteran writers, literature tycoons, and thinkers of different political and intellectual orientations.

Al-Ahram Foundation includes many daily, weekly, and monthly publications, including English-language Ahram Online and Al-Ahram Weekly and French language Al-Ahram Hebdo.

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