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  27 February 2009
Egypt: Al-Wafd newspaper editor fired because of drop in circulation

Unedited text of report by the Muslim Brotherhood website Ikhwanonline, published on 26 February and republished by the BBC Monitoring Group.

The Supreme Executive Committee of the Wafd Parry decided in its meeting on the evening of 24 February to fire Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper al-Wafd, Abbas al-Tarabili, and to authorize Wafd Party President Dr Mahmud Abaza to negotiate with Editor-in-Chief of the al-Shurtah magazine, Sa'id Abd-al-Khaliq, to take ever the editorial post of al-Wafd newspaper.

The Editor-in-Chief of al-Shurtah magazine, Sa'id Abd-al-Khaliq, said in exclusive statements to Ikhwanonline that he had nothing to do with the decision made by the Supreme Executive Committee of the Wafd Party and that he has not as yet decided whether to take over as editor-in-chief of the newspaper al-Wafd or not, which he said was an enormous responsibility. Abd-al-Khaliq said that the decision to terminate the services of al-Tarabili was made at his own request to relieve him of his post after the drop of the distribution of the newspaper which averaged in the last 20 days some 9,000 to 10,000 copies per day as well as the drop in advertisements.

Furthermore, the paper faced other destabilizing problems in the past period. Abd-al-Khaliq added that he was due to confer with the president of the Wafd Party on the evening of 25 February for consultations on the broad-lines pertaining to the newspaper before he decides to take over as editor-in-chief. Abd-al-Khaliq said in conclusion that al-Tarabili will serve as adviser to the party president and denied that he would hold another post in the newspaper.

Source: Ikhwanonline website, Cairo and the BBC Monitoring Group