Thursday’s papers: Investors panic as riots continue

The top headlines of all Egyptian newspapers relate to the continuation of nationwide street protests for the second consecutive day. In the state-owned Al-Ahram, "Four dead, 118 civilians and 162 policemen injured, 100 arrested in Cairo and other governorates." Other headlines in this paper read "Renewal of clashes in central Cairo between protesters and police forces" along with, "Charges of illegal congregation, resisting authorities, and destruction of property leveled against 64 troublemakers" and "Government continues reforms and remain committed to protecting freedom of expression."

According to another one of Al-Ahram's headlines, "Italian minister of economic development attests to Egypt's freedom of expression." In terms of regional news of support from Arab leaders: "In phone call between Mubarak and Bahraini King: Stability of Egypt is stability for all Arab states." 

The chief headline in Al-Wafd Newspaper is "Change is the solution." Other headlines in this liberal opposition paper read "Armored vehicles surround capital and governorates, and dispersal of congregations of more than three persons" along with "Five martyrs, 250 injured, 1,000 arrested in revolt of rage… Prosecution levels charges of 'attempting to overthrow system of governance' against detainees."

In the independent Al-Dostour, "Protests Renew in Alexandria and North Sinai” and “Police and residents clash in Suez during funeral procession" for two killed on Tuesday. Sub-headlines read "Large protests continue along [Cairo's] Ramses Street” and “Protest stands at Lawyers' and Journalists' Syndicates… Security in control of public squares… Four citizens killed in Suez… 90 journalists arrested in Cairo." In another headline in Al-Dostour, "Initial results indicate police use of live ammunition in Suez."

State-owned Al-Gomhorriya's top headline: "Security firmly responds against lawbreakers and provocateurs."  The second largest headline in this state-owned paper reads, "In its third worst collapse, stock market loses LE25 billion" while a sub-header explains, "Panic among Egyptian investors leads to declining stock market." In Al-Ahram, a similar headline reads, "Drastic drop for stock market… Losses amount to LE30 billion." In Al-Dostour's, "Collapse in stock-market… Markets lose 25 billion pounds."

In the independent Nahdet Masr Newspaper, the headline reads, "It is their right to be angry…but how?" Sub-headers read, "Opposition: Poverty, unemployment, and absence of political reform are three points to the triangle of rage" and "Parliamentarians: Combating poverty and corruption is the solution" along with "Facebook youth: Suicide is no solution… Governmental neglect is source of problem."

In the independent Al-Shorouk, "Results of raging Tuesday: Martyrs, injuries and detainees… And hope for change." Sub-headlines to this article read "Limited protests despite security siege… Cairo's public squares in the fist of police… Interior Ministry pledges to deal with protest leaders," and "Muslim Brotherhood considers declaring Friday a 'new day of rage'… Parallel parliament calls for coalition government." Another headline reads "3000 undercover cops in downtown to prevent occurrence of new protests."

Regarding the blockage of social networking sites over the past two days, "Facebook closed and Twitter blocked" reads a headline in Al-Shorouk. Yet according to Al-Ahram, "Government denies blocking Twitter and Facebook, or disrupting cell phone services."

Egypt's papers:

Al-Ahram: Daily, state-run, largest distribution in Egypt

Al-Akhbar: Daily, state-run, second to Al-Ahram in institutional size

Al-Gomhorriya: Daily, state-run

Rose al-Youssef: Daily, state-run, close to the National Democratic Party's Policies Secretariat

Al-Dostour: Daily, privately owned

Al-Shorouk: Daily, privately owned

Al-Wafd: Daily, published by the liberal Wafd Party

Al-Arabi: Weekly, published by the Arab Nasserist party

Youm7: Weekly, privately owned

Sawt al-Umma: Weekly, privately owned

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