Mubarak's control of media slipping
Published 08/02/2011 | 05:00
Hosni Mubarak's control of Egypt's state media started to slip yesterday as the country's largest-circulation newspaper declared its support for the uprising.
Hoping to sap the momentum from street protests demanding his overthrow, the president has instructed his deputy to launch potentially protracted negotiations with secular and Islamist opposition parties. The talks continued for a second day yesterday without yielding a breakthrough.
But Mr Mubarak was dealt a significant setback as the state-controlled 'Al-Ahram', Egypt's second oldest newspaper and one of the most famous publications in the Middle East, abandoned its long-standing slavish support for the regime. In a front-page leading article, the newspaper hailed the "nobility" of the "revolution" and demanded that the government embark on irreversible constitutional and legislative changes. (© The Daily Telegraph)