The magazine is also described as a photo magazine. Akher Saa was established by Mohamed El Tabii [3] in Based in Cairo , the weekly covers social events, women's interests and sports. Mohamed Heikal was the editor-in-chief of Akher Saa in the s.

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A renowned journalist, columnist, and author, he is also remembered as a longtime agitator for the way he transformed journalism and pushed for free speech in Egypt and the Arab World. Between the s and s, Amin also created a media empire by establishing and boldly building up his own publishing house. Twenty years after his death in , his wife Isis Tantawi donated over five thousand books from his private library to the American University in Cairo. Beyond the wealth of articles and published work, the collection includes a treasure trove of draft articles, publications, and personal letters, among them an Associated Press telegraph inviting Amin to a luncheon with AP executives.

His works bear witness to his versatility covering the turmoil and drastic changes of the twentieth century—from the Cold War to the pangs of Arab nationalism and the era of decolonization, from feminism to regional and global politics, as well as philanthropy. He advocated Western-style democracy and free press and was an outspoken liberal at a time when Egypt had more Soviet leanings. Amin and his twin brother, Ali, found their calling in the home of their great uncle, Saad Zaghloul, a revolutionary political leader who fought against the British.

At the precocious age of 14, they launched a series of student papers and magazines at school. By the time he graduated from the American University in Cairo in , he was already penning a magazine column. His writings quickly garnered him not only a large readership, but also caught the eye of those in power. Amin even quoted famed Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum warning the prime minister of a popular backlash against the government if he were to arrest Amin over his writings.

When they left a magazine job to start the Saturday weekly paper Al-Akhbar Al-Youm, it was their first time experimenting with the idea of free press. Their main goal was to establish journalism as a respected profession in the Arab World and set the benchmark that other Arab publishers quickly adopted. For example, the Amin brothers insisted on employing only professional and qualified staff and paid them appropriate salaries. Throughout, they idealized free enterprise and speech, which became entrenched principles in their style of journalism.

In an interview fo und in the archives with student journalist Mostafa Kamal Ahmed, Amin said that he believed the reason b ehind the success of Al-Akhbar Al-Youm was its pursuit of its mission regardless of popular opini on. Amin was first jailed briefly in for criticizing King Farouk.

Amin was arrested while having lunch in Alexandria with U. CIA agent Bruce Odell. Despite being handed a life sentence, president Anwar Sadat released him in for health reasons. For instance, there are articles that reveal mutual respect between Amin and Abdel Nasser, even after Amin was jailed in the s.

Mustafa Amin was a touchstone for a generation of journalists who valued a freer and more truthful school of journalism. He led several appeals in his papers to help those in need.

The human impact of his life and work reverberate to this day. Spring Subscribe to Our Newsletter. For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript in your web browser.


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