MEMP Preserves Arab Spring Newspaper al-Tahrir

Monday, November 19, 2012
Judy Alspach -

The Middle East Microform Project (MEMP) recently microfilmed the July–December 2011 issues of the newspaper al-Tahrir from Cairo, Egypt. al-Tahrir launched in July 2011, named after Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the revolution that culminated in Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s resignation.

al-Tahrir is helmed by editor Ibrahim Eissa, who was noted for his criticism of the Mubarak regime and forced out of his position at the independent daily al-Dostour a few months before the fall of Mubarak. The 18-page newspaper is co-owned by prominent publisher Ibhraim al-Moalem, chairperson at the independent al-Shorouk daily.

CRL received three reels containing issues from July through December 2011, now available through the CRL online catalog. MEMP recently approved funding for the microfilming of all 2012 issues as well.

The Impact of CRL

Stories illustrating CRL’s impact on research, teaching, collection building and preservation.

Afghan Documentation Spans Tumultuous Century

Daily newspapers and cultural journals collected by LC's Field Office in Islamabad have been preserved through the efforts of MEMP and SAMP.  

Nation of Islam Paper Featured in Documentary Film

CRL's extensive holdings in African-American newspapers proved useful to a documentary film chronicling heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali's politicization.