For decades now, Arab governments have been building a massive wall to obstruct the establishment of independent journalistic platforms. The State’s ownership of the major print houses helped consolidate its absolute control over the publishing industry in Egypt. Even privately-owned newspapers have had to be printed at State-owned printing houses due to the high cost of establishing private printing houses and because of the difficulty in obtaining the special security permits required by the insurance and State authorities.

Despite these restrictions, some private newspapers managed to acquire the necessary permits and secured a large readership. However, another barrier remained in their way to success: advertisements. …

Fifteen years ago, I published my first news piece in a print magazine. After that, I went on a long journey discovering and working in diverse fields including blogging, citizen journalism, campaigning, translating, producing and managing. Some roads were bumpy while I found myself in others, and these became a launchpad to some successful media initiatives.

However, working in independent media in the Arab world has become increasingly more difficult, especially since the counter-revolutions began to gain strength in 2013.

Counter-revolutions have had a profound effect on the media industry, both in the countries of the Arab Spring and across the wider Arab world. …

Abdelrahman Mansour

Egyptian in New York

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