From his fourth-floor office at the popular and government-regulated “Akhbar Elyoum”, Ahmad Abdelgawad kept performing his reporting responsibilities objectively and skillfully.
Ahmad believed in the ethics of journalism such as the freedom to form a personal opinion, the right to express oneself, and the value of diversity and accepting others. Upon graduating the College of Languages and Translation at Al-Azhar University, he started a career in journalism while pursuing graduate studies at the College of Political Sciences at Cairo University.
For several years, the young journalist who specializes in international affairs presented the readers with the latest world news. His dream was for his fellow Egyptians to enjoy real democracy and political pluralism, as well as respect for individual freedoms and human rights.
Ahmad’s dream remained far from the reality that Egyptians had been immersed in after more than fifty years of military rule. It was on January 25, 2011 that the Egyptian youth ignited their revolution and Ahmad started to feel that the principles that he had been defending would finally find their way from Tahrir square to spread all over Egypt.
The revolution unfolded with Ahmad moving from place to place to cover the highlights of the more significant events. Through various media tools; he wrote, recorded, and took pictures.
Egyptians were awarded electoral merits and were prompted to vote freely. Significant revolutionary events witnessed the security forces launching bloody attacks against young demonstrators, taking many lives along the way. Cronies of the Mubarak Regime were making suspicious moves between special interest groups that included businessmen, military men, media personalities, and members of the judiciary.
Ahmad worried about the future of his 4-year-old daughter Binan as he realized that the ideals of the revolution “Life, Freedom, and Social Justice) seemed to be slowly fading away in face of alarming political polarization, restrictive partisan conflicts, and a counter-revolution that was working hard to abort the budding democratic experience.
On July 3, 2013, the Military removed Egypt’s first democratically-elected civilian President and that resulted in popular protests against the unconstitutional decision. The thirty-year-old journalist saw how the voices of millions of Egyptians were being silenced and decided to be constantly present at the Rabaa demonstration to do what he has been doing throughout his career. Ahmad wanted to communicate to the world the opinions of those who rejected the military coup and those who were demanding the return of their “Lawful President”.
On August 13, 2013, Ahmad left Rabaa Square and went home to rest a little. He had a late night snack with his wife in preparation for fasting the next day. He then woke up to the news about forcefed break-up of the sit-in.
Despite the Despite security warnings, Ahmed headed directly
to Rabaa Square in order to convey a testimonial on what was transpiring. Impartial human rights organizations later reported that army and police forces used excessive force and that unprecedented violations were committed.
On the cusp of Rabaa Square, Ahmad received a bullet to the abdomen and continued to bleed until he passed away.
Ahmad Abdelgawwad wrote the last report with his blood rather than ink.