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Author and Multimedia journalist, Through my professional career in journalism, I have been on special assignments in Bosnia during the war in 1994 and reported from Sudan in 1989. Libya, Algeria, France, Hong Kong and Germany. Interviewees include:-

Prime Minister Meles Zinawi, Eritrean President Isaisi Afewerki, President of South Sudan Silva Kiir, first interview from behind bars with Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, Libyan President Moamar Ghadafi, Former Arab league Secretary Amr Moussa, Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Former Egypt’s NDP Secretary for political committee Gamal Mubarak, Former First Lady of Egypt Suzan Mubarak, Sudanese President Omar Elbashir, Former Sudanese president Gafar Nomiri

I am also a member of both  the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the United Kingdom and the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate. I was one of the International Emmy Awards 2010 Jurors. Through my work as a broadcast journalist I hosted three current affairs shows:-

“Third Opinion”

 “Special Edition”

 “Point of View”

I am currently a freelance columnist. I have a bi-weekly column in both Almasry Alyoum newspaper&website and Alarabiya English news website. I resigned the post of President of Egypt’s News Center in April 2011.I left my mission because I had reached the conclusion that the problems of the media, like the whole state, were not problems that could be solved through quick and easy solutions. The media, like the country, was in deep crisis. The potential collapse of the state media institution, like other state institutions was the main reason but not the only reason that led to me asking to be relieved of my  mission. I have detailed those reasons in my book Tahrir- the last 18 days of Mubarak.  I have commanded that post for more than five years. During those years the number of newscasts in State TV have increased and  its format plus content was completely transformed. My aim was to move with news reporting to the concept of public TV. My final project that was about to be launched and got delayed because of the uprising was a new news station that is totally different from Nile News in Arabic. I have commanded the re launch of  Nile International which is Egypt’s English, French and Hebrew speaking station as a news station. I  introduced the news sms service to the Egyptian public, established first Radio station in Egypt that presents news mixed with entertainment. I also established first official 4 news websites in Egypt; Arabic, English, French and Hebrew which started working on the first day of the year 2011. I worked on centralizing news reporting for all state television stations and news websites with the four languages. Before I joined state TV I was the bureau chief of Asharq Alawsat newspaper in its Cairo office.  Before that I have worked in London for more than eight years first as managing editor of Majalla magazine and then as the managing editor of Asaraq alawsat newspaper. I began my career in Egypt as a journalist in Majalla magazine.

As a freelance columnist I contributed to many publications:-

Alahram Aleqtesady Magazine

Alahram Newspaper

Alahram Almesaee Newspaper

Alwatan Alsaoudia Newspaper

Asharq Alawsat Newspaper

I have received awards and honors:-

               Best Interview in 1986 on the first interview with former Sudanese President Gafar Nomiri.

                Best Print Interview in 1989 on a number of interviews in “Almegalah” magazine.

                The Committee Award at the Television and Radio Cairo Festival in 1998 on the documentary “Egypt and Syria Union”.

                The Committee Award for Best Television Interview at the Television and Radio Cairo Festival in 2001 on the program “Third Opinion”.

My lastest publication is Tahrir- the last 18 days of Mubarak and before that I have published :-

                “Copts, the Church or the Nation?”

The book uses pivots around an interview with Coptic Pope Shenouda the Third to show the Coptic political terrain in Egypt before and after the 1952 Revolution until the end of Late President Anwar AlSadat’s rule

                “Raise the Ceiling”

A collection of columns that I wrote showing the Egyptian reality during that period of time.

                “Unfinished Sentences”

The book reviews the Arab, Egyptian current political situation

                “Reformation of Gamat Islamia in Egypt, Witness to the Stop of Violence”.

The book follows the steps of Gamat leaders to change its direction away from violence

                “A little bit before the 25th of January”

The book is a collection of my articles published during the year 2010 and until the end of January 2011 in different Egyptian newspapers focusing on various public issues.

My future projects include writing a book on the Aljihad group through interviews with its leaders inside and outside of prison

I graduated from the faculty of Mass communication majoring in journalism in the year 1982.

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