Veteran journalist Yasser Rizk passes away at 57

Ahram Online , Wednesday 26 Jan 2022

Former editor-in-chief of the state-owned El-Akhbar daily Yasser Rizk passed away on Wednesday morning at the age of 57 due to a heart attack, Akhbar El-Youm said.

Yasser Rizk
File photo: Journalist Yasser Rizk

Over the past weeks, Rizk had celebrated the publication of his new book ‘Sanawat El-Khamasin (The Years of Wind): Between the Anger in January and Salvation in June.’

The book tells the story of the period between the 25 January Revolution that led to the removal of former president Hosni Mubarak from office in 2011 and the overthrow of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

Rizk served as the board chairman of Akhbar El-Youm press organisation from 2014 until 2020. In 2012, he was chosen to serve as the chief editor of private daily newspaper El-Masry El-Youm, where he served for more than a year.

Before that, he served as the editor-in-chief of El-Akhbar daily, in January 2011, beginning his tenure one week before the 25 January Revolution.

The veteran journalist also served as an editor-in-chief of the state-owned Maspero Radio and Television Magazine from 2005 to 2011.

Rizk has been a journalist of the Akhbar El-Youm foundation for three decades and served as a military editor and a representative of the newspaper at the presidency until 2005.

He was born in 1965 in northern Ismailia and graduated from the Faculty of Mass Communication of Cairo University in 1986.

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