Editorial: WSJ: -Al Alhram - Egypt
by Matt Bradley
Photography by Kim Badawi
CAIRO—Under the tutelage of editor-in-chief Osama Soraya, Egypt's government-run Al Ahram, one of the Arab world's oldest newspapers, became a dependable mouthpiece for President Hosni Mubarak's regime. On Jan. 26, for example, the day after protests erupted that eventually forced Mr. Mubarak from office, the paper's banner headline was about a protest—in Lebanon.
Now, with Mr. Mubarak gone, the newspaper's staff is in open revolt, denouncing Mr. Soraya and demanding investigations into his personal finances. Reporters have tried to block their boss from entering the building. One young reporter slept in Mr. Soraya's office to make sure the editor didn't remove any incriminating documents.