Ebrahim Nafae (Arabic: ابراهيم نافع‎) (12 January 1934 – 1 January 2018) was an Egyptian journalist. He was editor of the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram from 1979 to 2005 and chair of the General Union of Arab Journalists from 1996 to 2012.

Ebrahim Nafae
ابراهيم نافع
Born(1934-01-12)12 January 1934
Suez, Suez Governorate, Egypt
Died1 January 2018(2018-01-01) (aged 83)
Dubai, Emirate of Dubai, UAE
EducationAin Shams University (BA)


Born in Suez, he received a bachelor's degree from Ain Shams University in 1956 before beginning his career as a Reuters reporter. He then became an editor at Egyptian Radio and an economy editor of the state-owned Al Gomhuria.[1] Nafae worked at Al-Ahram as head of the economy section and deputy editor-in-chief.[1]

He was editor-in-chief of Al-Ahram from 1979 to 2005,[2] and he was later appointed CEO of the newspaper.[1] Haaretz wrote that Nafae "faithfully transmitted" the policies of Egyptian Presidents Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak and that as president of the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate, he "shaped Egypt's propaganda policy and defined the borders of self-censorship by the press."[3] Nafae was replaced by Salah El-Ghamri as board chair and Osama Saraya as editor-in-chief. The Shura Council appointed Nafae to be a member of the Higher Press Council.[4]

Nafae served for over a decade as chair of Egypt's independent[clarification needed] since 1985 and of the General Union of Arab Journalists from 1996 to 2012.[2] Nafae was close to President Mubarak, and after the 2011 uprising, left to France for medical checkups. His health deteriorated in late 2017, and several writers called for Egyptian authorities to allow him to return to the country. Nafae died of cancer on 1 January 2018, 11 days before his 84th birthday, in Dubai after undergoing surgery.[2][5]


  • Winds of Democracy (Arabic)[2]
  • Years of Danger (Arabic)[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Veteran Egyptian journalist Ibrahim Nafea dies at the age of 84". Ahram Online. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e Al Sherbini, Ramadan (1 January 2018). "Veteran Egyptian journalist dies in Dubai". Gulf News. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ Bar'el, Zvi (5 April 2006). "In Nafie's Pocket: $600 Million". Haaretz. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ El-Din, Gamal Essam (13 July 2005). "A radical shake-up?". Al-Ahram. Archived from the original on 26 March 2013.
  5. ^ "وفاة الكاتب الصحفى إبراهيم نافع بعد صراع مع المرض ال". Youm7 (in Arabic). 1 January 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018.