Al Horreya Wal Adala (Freedom and Justice Party), launched with the support of Egyptian Ikhwanul Muslemoon, has now come into action. It has recently rolled out the first (test run) edition of its newspaper, bearing the party's name. The paper’s Chairman is Dr. Mohamed Morsi, Chairman of Al Horreya Wal Adala while Adel Al Ansari is Editor-in-Chief and Alaa Al Bahhar, Hassan Makki, Ahmed Ghanem and Mustafa Mohammad are serving as Managing Editors. Another highlight of Al Horreya Wal Adala’s activities is its first massive conference at Cairo on November 4, 2011.
It chose the heart of Boulac Aboul-Ela, a rundown downtown district in Cairo, to hold its first-ever popular conference where its top leaders gave a snapshot of their objectives, ambitions and views. Improving the standard of living of the poor was underlined as one of the party’s priorities during the conference, which was described as a “celebration of Al Horreya Wal Adala’s presence in the streets”.
The event took place a few weeks ahead of anticipated parliamentary elections due next month. Amr Khedr outlined part of the party’s vision to help underprivileged people. “We are looking to realise three goals: unemployment benefits to help those who cannot find jobs; medical insurance for everyone; and much better education,” said Khedr.
Other goals to serve the same purpose, such as reviewing wages, were listed under its social programme. Under the economic programme of the party, conditions on foreign aid were completely refused.
Mohamed El Beltagi, one of the party’s secretary generals and an Ikhwan icon, was the first to speak to the hundreds of local residents. The former parliamentarian started to speak after a famous video of him defending the rights of the poor during a parliamentary session was played and met with applause.
It is to point out that on October 20 Al Horreya Wal Adala’s party organ came out on October 20. In its first print edition, the newspaper published the candidate lists of the Democratic Alliance for the approaching elections. The paper’s front page included a statement by a Hamas leader, in which he revealed that the former Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, had demanded Hamas should free Shalit for nothing in return.
The newspaper also published an exclusive interview with Mrs Jehan Sadat, wife of late President Anwar Sadat, conducted by Ikhwan journalist and activist Mohammed Abdul Quddus. In the interview, Jehan expressed a wish for the Ikhwan to become more like Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyep Erdogan's party AKP, denied allegations that she was against the hijab, and indicated that she never objected or prevented her grandchildren from wearing the hijab.
The newspaper published another exclusive: a special article by Dr Yusuf Qarazawi, head of the International Union for Muslim Scholars and a well known Ikhwan leader. In a statement to Ikhwanweb, Ahmed Ghanem, Managing Editor of the newspaper, said that the journal will be printed in the next few days and will be substantial food for thought for Egyptian readers, with full commitment to professional rules, pointing out that the paper boasted a number of outstanding young journalists.