The Media and the Making of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution


  • Amr Osman Gulf University for Science and Technology
  • Marwa Abdel Samei Cairo University


The 2011 Egyptian revolution, Mass media in contemporary Egypt, Media and Politics in Egypt, The Sixth of April Movement, We Are All Khalid Said, Al-Ahram newspaper, Al-Shorouk newspaper, The Egyptian press, Online social networks


While views may differ on the factors that made the 2011 Egyptian revolution possible, the role of mass media will remain undisputable. The Internet-based social networks caught the Mubarak regime by surprise, and the popular disillusionment with the ‘national’ media led the public to turn to private newspapers and satellite channels for keeping pace with the events. This paper examines the role of specific media during the 18 days of the 2011 Egyptian revolution – from 25 January to 11 February, 2011 – which we have divided into four parts. It discusses how these media contributed to the unfolding of events, conceptualized the protests and the demands of the public, and presented the actors that participated in or opposed the revolution. These points are addressed by discussing the content of the Facebook pages of the Sixth of April Movement and We Are All Khalid Said, as well as that of a private Egyptian newspaper, al-Shuruq, and the state-run newspaper al-Ahram.

Author Biographies

Amr Osman, Gulf University for Science and Technology

Amr Osman is Assistant Professor at the Gulf University for Science and Technology, where he teaches medieval and modern Middle Eastern history. He completed his PhD in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University on a medieval school of Islamic law. He is interested in the intellectual history of medieval Muslim and modern Middle Eastern societies.

Marwa Abdel Samei , Cairo University

Marwa Abdel Samei is Lecturer of Political Science in the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University. She completed her PhD at Northeastern University on mass media and public diplomacy in the contemporary Arab world. She is generally interested in modern and contemporary Middle Eastern politics and international relations in the Middle East.


How to Cite

Osman, A., & Abdel Samei , M. (2012). The Media and the Making of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. Global Media Journal - German Edition, 2(1). Retrieved from