Hani Shukrallah, Egyptian journalist, Died at 69

Hani Shukrallah was born in 1950 and died on May 5, 2019; he was an Egyptian journalist and political analyst.

He was the editor-in-chief of Al-Ahram Weekly between 1991 and 2005 and later founder and until February 2011 editor-in-chief of Ahram Online, both part of the state-run Al-Ahram Foundation.

Hani was also the Executive Director of the Heikal Foundation for Arab Journalism.

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Hani was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1950, and was, raised in the city to a Coptic Christian family.

During the 1970s, he was a student activist during the presidency of Anwar Sadat.

He portrayed himself as a “Marxist,” but antagonistic of the “dogmatic leftist thinking” that he said marked many of the socialist and communist countries during that period.

Hani became an advocate of the human rights movement in Egypt during this period and together with Saad Eddin Ibrahim co-founded the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOFHR) in April 1985, during the presidency of Hosni Mubarak.

He attests that the EOFHR was, primarily ignored by the government, opposition parties and factions, including Islamists, and the intellectual elite of Egypt and the organization struggled in documenting human rights violations and ensuring the accuracy of victims’ testimonies.

Hani Shukrallah passed away at the age of 69.