Of Pens and Swords in Egypt

Media tycoons will likely be calling the economic shots after a new president is elected in Cairo. Meanwhile, a surprising episode involving a known journalist.

They work at the same Egyptian newspaper, Al-Shorouk. One of them, Imad al-Din Hussein, is the editor. The other, Fahmi Huwaidi — one of the most important publicists in Egypt — writes a daily column there. Al-Shorouk belongs to Ahmed Heikal, an Egyptian businessman who controls the daily by means of a large corporation called Citadel Capital, whose global investments are...