Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS) has expressed mourning over the death of the Dean of Foreign Correspondents in Egypt Volkhard Windfuhr, who was the chairman of the Foreign Press Association (FPA).
According to a statement by the SIS, the 83-year-old Windfuhr passed away on Monday at Wadi El-Nil Hospital in Cairo after a long struggle with illness.
SIS chairman Diaa Rashwan said in the statement that Windfuhr spent nearly 60 years in Egypt, during which he practiced his journalistic work efficiently, honestly, and competently. He also added that the veteran German correspondent was appreciated by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, who awarded him the Order of Merit (1st class).
Rashwan described Windfuhr as a model of professionalism, ethics, and honesty.
The SIS Chairman also said that he and all the staff at the Press Center for Foreign Correspondents, led by the General-Director Mohamed Imam, extend condolences to Windfuhr’s family.
Born in 1937 in Essen, Germany, Windfuhr’s family moved to Cairo after his mother took a job at the German School in Cairo in 1955. He studied oriental languages at Cairo’s Ain Sham University.
He started his career in the media as a foreign correspondent and translator for Egyptian radio and TV till the mid-1960s.
In 1970, he was the editor of the Arabic program at Deutsche Welle. In 1974, he was the head of the Mirror newspaper’s first foreign office in the Arab world in Beirut.
He returned to Cairo in 1976 after being kidnapped during the Lebanese civil war. After that, he worked from Cairo as one of the most well-known correspondents in the Middle East. Since 1994, Windfuhr was the chairman of the Foreign Press Association in Egypt.