"> Name: Egyptian writer, human rights defender and columist Farag Foda shot dead by militants from a fundamentalist group

Date:  1985 - 1995

Location:  Middle East and Caucasus

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion

MediumPersonal Opinion , Print Journalism

Artist: Farag Fodda

Confronting Bodies: Islamic Fundamentalists from the group Al-Gamma'ah Al-Islamiya

Date of Action: June 8, 1992

Specific Location: Ciaro, Egypt

Description of Artwork: Farag Foda, a secularist Egyptian writer, thinker, journalist and human rights defender, was outspokenly critical of Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt. In many newspaper columns, he demonstrated weak points in Islamic ideology. Foda's book "To Be or Not to Be" was banned in 1990 on the grounds that it offended religion. And, a week before his murder, Foda had been branded as an apostate by Al-Azhar, the government-supported religious establishment.

Description of Incident: On June 8, 1992, Foda was assassinated by religious extremists for advocating beefing up laws against religious terrorism and for his views in favor of normalizing relations with Israel.

Results of Incident: Foda, along with his son Ahmad and a friend of his son's were shot dead. The Islamist fundamentalist group Al-Gamma’ah Al-Islamiya took responsibility for the murders.

Source: www.democracyfrontline.org

Submitted By: National Coalition Against Censorship

FileRoom Search | Table of Contents | Category Homepage | NCAC