[ View the story "Public mourns loss of 'Egypt Independent'" on Storify] Public mourns loss of 'Egypt Independent' After management bans newspaper, staff releases final issue online.
The Stream· Thu, Apr 25 2013 09:47:10
Losing @EgyIndependent is a horrible thing for Egypt, the region and for everyone looking for professional and principled journalism. A lossBassem Sabry باسم
@EgyIndependent condolences. The world is a little less free today.DenisCampbell
Egypt Independent published its 50th and final issue in PDF form and tweeted that the print issue had been banned:
In the next few tweets we share content from our @EgyIndependent final issue that never made it to print after it was censored by managementLina Attalah
Egypt Independent's 50th and final print editionEgypt Independent is the country's leading local English-language website and newsprint. On 16 April, Al-Masry Media Corporation, the pub...
Many mourned another loss for English-language reporting in Egypt:
Exactly a year after @DailyNewsEgypt's brief closure, @EgyIndependent faces the same fate & grapples with the same problems. Bad dejavuSarah El Sirgany
English-language media gives Egypt a huge advantage that not all countries in such a critical region have. Sad to see it squandered.Lindsay Carroll
The final issue included a reflection on the politics of local English-language media and Egypt Independent's role in providing "local journalists with an opportunity to tell their country’s narrative in their own voice".
Local English-language media have played a vital role in partially mending this power imbalance by allowing Egyptian journalists to tell Egypt’s story to the world, not as fixers who might or might not get their due credit, but as primary storytellers.egyptindependent.com
Others saw the end of Egypt Independent as a pitfall for the Egyptian revolution:
No news outlet has provided more comprehensive, nuanced, engaging coverage of Egypt's revolution than @EgyIndependent. You will be missed.Sharif Kouddous
I thank EGYPT INDEPENDENT for all that they have tried to offer us. You have helped me feel more connected in all that's happening in my country, especially in these difficult and historic times we're in... and that will never be forgotten.facebook.com
The reason for Egypt Independent's closing was the subject of much speculation online. Many discussed the financial difficulties reportedly faced by the paper.
The investors of @EgyIndependent failed to realize that some things are more important than profit. Especially now. #EgyptIan Lee
#egypt Ironic. All the ranting about how government is murdering the media, but Egypt Independent dies because of poor management.Cynical Islamist
Others treated the subject with sarcasm:
There was no need to censor Egy Independent. No one was reading it. Hence, it's closing down. Gotta love natural selection.مو Mo
Activist Alaa Abd El Fattah published this "obituary" on
These days journalists are told to put both sides in the story to appear impartial, The police, the embassy, the corporation, the state, the empire these are all presented as if equally needing an outlet for their voice and logic as their opponents. Egypt Independent found two untold sides to the same story and let the powerful tell their stories with bullets and tear gas.facebook.com