By: Mai Shams El-Din
As the boundaries of the analogue world of network television and print journalism seem to keep tightening, journalists in Egypt are increasingly fleeing to the Internet in search of greater freedoms, either through personal blogs or more institutionalized media outlets.
And with most mainstream media — whether state-run or privately owned — marching to the beat of the same drum, readers are also going online in search of diversity.
New media outlets like Qoll, Noon Post and Yanair Gate, among others, were born in recent months in reaction against the mainstream media’s increased subservience to the authorities at the expense of journalistic independence.
"Till now we have no headquarters. We have our laptops and stay wherever there is a place that has access to the Internet. But we are in the process of legalizing our work. Once we become registered, I know we will be monitored, and we are preparing ourselves for that."