Veteran Al-Ahram journalist and diplomatic reporter Hadayat Abdel-Nabi dead at 74

Ahram Online , Monday 7 Mar 2022

Veteran Egyptian journalist and diplomatic reporter at Al-Ahram newspaper Hadayat Abdel-Nabi passed away on Monday at the age of 74.

Hadayat Abdel-Nabi
Hadayat Abdel-Nabi

Born in 1948, Abdel-Nabi got her bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the American University in Cairo in 1971.

Following her graduation, Abdel-Nabi was appointed at the Al-Ahram Daily newspaper where she covered Arab affairs and world issues.

In 1988, she headed the presidency affairs section at Al-Ahram.

Abdel-Nabi received several awards in her career. She was the first Egyptian woman to receive the President Anwar Sadat Award for Best Investigative Journalist for her report titled ‘The Fugitive Pilot of Hell Khomeini.’

She also received the first prize of the Syndicate of Journalists for her report on the hijacking of an Egyptian plane to Malta in 1985 as well as the Order of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.

Abdel-Nabi also wrote the books ‘Dialogues with Celebrities’ and ‘Issues of the Day.’

She joined the UN Information Centre in Cairo and became its deputy director and UN media focal point for the Gulf region from 1993 to 1996.

In 1997, she moved to Geneva and worked for the UNHCR as a senior information officer in charge of the Arab region.

Between 1999 and 2010, she was the head of the office of the Kuwait News Agency in Geneva.

During her stay in Geneva, she founded with Blaise Lempen the Press Emblem Campaign, a Geneva-based NGO with special UN consultative status.

Abdel-Nabi was also the first Egyptian and African president for the Association of Accredited Correspondents at the United Nations. 

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