Reporting From the Nation of the Nile

El-Awady, Nadia
March 2005
Nieman Reports;Spring2005, Vol. 59 Issue 1, p53
This article relates the experiences and approach employed by journalist Ahmed Nasr El-Din with regards to reporting the water issues in Egypt. According to the author, she first met Ahmed Nasr El-Din, Al-Ahram newspaper's notorious 'waterman' in Kyoto, Japan,during the World Water Forum in March 2003. Dubbed "victor of the Nile" by his colleagues--a play of words on his family name, which literally translated from Arabic is "victor of the religion," Nasr El-Din has been working the Egyptian water beat for the past 15 years. He talks about Egypt's water issues with the expertise and knowledge of the country's top academics and with the zest of a man with a mission. Nasr El-Din found his niche in covering water issues for Egypt's largest national newspaper in 1989, when water issues were just beginning to gain momentum in the international arena. He paid several visits to the archives of the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, collected all the market had to provide in terms of literature on water issues, and gradually compiled a huge database of material for Al-Ahram on this most precious of resources. Since then, he has traveled the world far and wide, covering water topics for Egyptian readers.


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