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Journalists Killed in 1992 - Motive Confirmed: Farag Fouda

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 1993
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 1992 - Motive Confirmed: Farag Fouda, January 1993, available at: [accessed 19 February 2018]
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June 8, 1992, Egypt

Fouda, a columnist for the weekly magazine October, was gunned down and died the next day. A member of al-Gama'a al-Islamiya, a Muslim extremist group, allegedly committed the slaying. Fouda was an outspoken opponent of fundamentalism and was considered one of Egypt's leading secularists.

The government used his murder as a pretext for escalating its war against the fundamentalists and passed a draconian anti-terrorism law. Ironically, by the end of the year, Al-Azhar, Egypt's government-supported religious institution, had banned the sale of a new edition of Fouda's complete works.

Job:Columnist / Commentator
Beats Covered:Corruption, Politics
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Political Group
Taken Captive:No


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