Newsletter No 16 01 February 2006
News from the Media Scene:
Al Wafd Newspaper Suspended for the First Time in 22 Years

The President of the Al Wafd opposition party in Egypt, Noman Gomaa, has suspended the party’s newspaper and fired it Editor-in-Chief, Abbas Al Tarabaili, on 27 January. It was the first time the paper was suspended in 22 years.

The decision took place after Gomaa returned to the party’s presidency following a resolution of the Egyptian Attorney General. Gomaa had been removed as president by the Higher Commission of the party and was replaced by Mahmoud Abaza.

Gomaa said to the pan-Arab daily Asharq Al Awsat that he took the decision since the paper was not following its historical line and he had no control over it.

But Abaza said Gomaa had agreed to continue publishing the daily with the same editorial team. In his condition of interim president, he has called for an urgent meeting of the Higher Commission to discuss the situation.