A journalist from Al-Ahram newspaper commits suicide in his office

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On Thursday evening, Egyptian media reported that a journalist from the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper had committed suicide in his office.

The journalist, named Emad al-Fekky, killed himself by hanging himself in his office on the fourth floor of the famous Al-Ahram newspaper building in downtown Cairo in the early hours of Thursday morning in what appears to be mysterious circumstances.

Azbakeya prosecutors resumed the investigation and ordered the summoning of eyewitnesses and the journalist’s wife.

Preliminary investigations showed that the person who committed suicide was a 54-year-old journalist working in the news section of Al-Ahram newspaper.

He committed suicide by hanging: his head was separated from his body on the balcony of his office in the newspaper building.

A team of detectives listened to statements from colleagues and eyewitnesses to determine the circumstances of the incident, and another team reviewed surveillance cameras near the incident to reveal its circumstances.

Investigating authorities also summoned the journalist’s family to hear their statements.

The body was transferred to the morgue and the necessary legal measures were taken.

On the other hand, Mahmoud Kamel, a board member of the Journalists’ Syndicate, commented on the incident, on his personal Facebook page, saying: “All Al-Ahram colleagues who were close to the late colleague know very well that in the past four years, he has been subjected to systematic persecution.

It seems that he was unable to reach his potential and was deprived of incentives and profits during these years.

He was unofficially prevented from carrying out his work as a journalist without reason and suffered an injustice].

He failed to be promoted to head of his department several times amid this persecution, he added.

“The deceased chose to send a message from the place of his death to each editor, the head of the National Press Authority and its members, the Syndicate of Journalists and its board members, and to every press chief who practices oppression,” Kamel added.

“The message has reached your colleagues. May God have mercy on you and forgive you,” he wrote.

In response to these statements, Alaa Thabet, editor of Al-Ahram newspaper, spoke with Masrawy in an exclusive interview.

He said he had contacted the President of the Journalists Syndicate, Diaa Rashwan, regarding Kamel’s statements, adding that he would take legal action against Kamel’s statements.

He also added: “With all the prayers of mercy and forgiveness for the dear deceased colleague, I regret to have to, unfortunately and in pain, participate in a fruitless polemic to correct false information, although it is neither the right time nor the right space for it.

He described Kamel’s statements as a hateful exploitation of the feelings of sympathy and love that emanated from those who loved the deceased after the painful tragedy of his passing.

“I firmly affirm that everything published by my colleague Mahmoud Kamel, member of the board of the Syndicate of Journalists, is fiction, vague and incomprehensible,” he continued.

Records from the Al-Ahram Foundation and the National Press Authority have so far proved that none of the deceased’s profits have been deducted in any way from 2017 until now, said Thabet.

“Accordingly, I accuse my colleague Mahmoud Kamel of deliberately lying and violating the standards, principles and professional code of honor, and I confirm that the deceased colleague has no complaints in Al-Ahram’s files. , the Syndicate or the media councils,” he said. added.

Thabet said he would file a complaint with the prosecution and document formal complaints with the National Press Authority and the Syndicate of Journalists against Kamel for his demands.

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