A Journalist, writer and publisher.
Mustafa Ameen grew up with his great-uncle Saad Zaghloul who led the 1919 Egyptian Revolution and founded the Al-Wafd political party, which that year had called for a British withdrawal from Egypt. The house in which he with his twin brother and colleague, Ali, were brought up was referred too fondly as Bait al Umma. He graduated from the American University in Cairo in 1934 and in 1938 took a master's degree from Georgetown University in Washington DC.
Mustafa's first journalism had appeared in the late 1920s and in the mid-1930s he became deputy editor-in-chief of the magazine Aakhber Sa'a. He became Editor-in-chief of Al Uthnain magazine in 1941 and established Akhbar al Youm followed by Akhir Lahza and Al Jeel in 1951 then established another newspaper Al Akhbar, which became the most popular daily newspaper in the Arabic-speaking world.
Mustafa developed the Lailat Al Qadr Fund to help destitute families. He was head of the Board of directors of the nationalised Dar Ul Hilal.
Mustafa published books Laughing America, Egyptian Policy Before the Revolution, The Egyptian Press in Chains, Fatima and Prison Diary. Some of his books and stories turned into screenplays.
Mustafa was a liberal who spoke out against totalitarianism: this meant that he spent nine years in prison during the time of President Gamal Abdel Nasser in the 1960s. He called for religious tolerance and national unity between Muslims and Coptic Christians. He expressed, in his last days, contradictory views about the peace process with Israel.
Compiled by:M. Nauman Khan