Egypt newspapers' 30 June headlines: From 'judgment day' to 'leave'

Zeinab El Gundy, Sunday 30 Jun 2013

Al-Masry Al-Youm front page reads 'public squares to Morsi: leave'; Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice newspaper calls to 'expose Molotov opposition'

Egyptian newspapers
(Photo: Zeinab el gundy)

Coverage of the upcoming 30 June protests is varied among the front pages of Egypt's major newspapers.

On the front page of Al-Ahram, Egypt's biggest state owned newspaper, the headline read "Egypt in the fist of fear" and coverage highlighted the army and police's heightened security measures.

Al-Akhbar, Egypt's second biggest state owned newspaper, proclaimed "Egypt on volcanic crater" as its front page headline, along with "Tahrir announces the end of Muslim Brotherhood rule while Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square prepares with martial arts training," a reference to the anti-Morsi sit-in in Tahrir Square and the pro-Morsi sit-in at Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque.

Al-Masry Al-Youm's headline read "Public squares to Morsi: Leave" while Al Watan newspaper described 30 June as the "Judgment day" on its front page.   

The front page of Tahrir was all red and featured one word: "Leave." A similar approach was used by Youm 7, whose front page had a red background with a picture of a crying lady and headlines reading "Red card for the president" and "22,000,000 Tamarod petitions."

In the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice newspaper, headlines diverged from the nation's major newspapers, with the front page reading "The people want: to topple the Mubarak's regime remnants, to expose Molotov opposition and to support legitimacy."

Other headlines in Freedom and Justice highlighted the increasing size of the Rabaa Al-Adawiya sit-in, the sexual harassment cases in Tahrir Square, and the prosecutor general's investigation of leading opposition members accused of calling a coup following attacks on Brotherhood HQ's across the country.

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