Compiled by Miret el Naggar
Al Badeel (independent daily newspaper)
-Front-page headline: Mubarak’s regime confronts the workers, the judges and the journalists.
Several of the independent daily and weekly newspapers will go on strike from Sunday and for two weeks, in protest of the state’s crackdown on freedom of speech.
-Human Rights activist and Social Sciences professor Saad Eddin Ibrahim predicts Egypt will experience a period of chaos in the near future, and that the military will sort it out and secure the transition of power from President Hosni Mubarak to his son Gamal.
-Rumors are circulating about the state cracking down on the popular TV host Amr Adeeb, who mocked the Egyptian government on his show for producing low quality bread. On the show Adeeb presented a tiny black loaf of subsidized bread and described it as unfit for human consumption.
Rose Al Youssef ( government-backed daily newspaper):
-Safwat al Sherif, Egypt’s head of upper house in parliament, and chief of the government-backed supreme council for journalism, criticized the White House for intervening in Egyptian affairs. Sherif's comments came in the light of the White House's condemnation of the Egyptian state cracking down on freedom of speech.
-Egypt’s Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboulgheit said Gaza is Palestinian territory, and must be governed by Palestinian authorities, adding that Israel must not export its problems to Egypt. Aboulgheit made the comments in New York in response to some Israeli politicians and newspapers suggesting that Egypt should administrate Gaza.
-The World Bank praised Egypt in its annual report as the country with the highest level of economic reform world. The report acknowledged that Egypt reduced the capital for establishing a company from 50,000 pounds (equivalent to $8,900) to 1000 pounds ($175), and for reducing the time and paperwork required to half.
-The ruling National Democratic Party is intending to elect more female candidates as heads of committees and other administrative positions.
Al Dustour (daily opposition newspaper)
-Gamal Mubarak recently played in a friendly football tournament. Al Dustour held a comparison between him and Egypt’s admired football champ Mohamed Abu Treka.
"Treka joined the Ahly team in 2003 and managed to conquer Egyptians’ hearts during the past four years. Gamal Mubarak returned from London in 2000, and still hasn’t gained popular support, though he has a whole regime backing him.
Treka became popular for scoring countless times, enabling his team to win matches and tournaments. Mubarak depends on his father’s influence to score.
Since Treka appeared, he has been a constant joy for Egyptians, while Mubarak’s appearance has only given them constant reason for sorrow."