First free daily in Egypt

One of our readers reported that a free newspaper, 24 Hours (or alternative URL), started in the Egyptian capital Cairo already some months ago, probably in March or April of this year.

Chairman of the board is Samir Ragab, formerly the editor and chairman of the board of the state-affiliated paper Al-Gomhoria.

There are no officially circulation figures for newspapers in Egypt, but the circulation of 24 hours is estimated at 50,000. (According to other sources it is closer to 15,000.)

It mainly distributes through hawkers who hand it out on the streets in various parts of Cairo, as well as some direct delivery.

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