As Egyptian journalists and activists mourned the death of a young reporter this week, his fiancé on Thursday vowed to “shame” the Muslim Brotherhood whom she held responsible for his death.
El-Hosseiny Abu-Deif, a 33-year-old journalist who worked for private weekly Al-Fajr, was shot to death during last week's clashes outside the presidential palace. He died on Wednesday after spending a week in a coma.
The Muslim Brotherhood had claimed that the majority of those killed in last week’s clash were members of the Islamist group and denied that its supporters were responsible for the violence.
Abu-Deif’s fiance said she “would not find peace until El-Hosseiny’s murderer gets what he deserves” and placed blame on the Brotherhood.
“I will say this to [Egyptian President Mohammed] Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood, who say my fiancé was one of them; I was the closest person to him. Once, we were discussing the Brotherhood, and when I sided with them, he was annoyed with me for a few days,” the late journalist’s fiancé said in a video interview with Egyptian media on Thursday.
The clashes between Mursi’s supporters and opponents occurred after the Brotherhood called on its members to head to the presidential palace to protect the “legitimacy" of the presidency. At the same time, dozens of protesters had been holding their sit-in at the same venue to protest the president's recent decisions on the draft constitution.
During the clashes, Abu-Deif had been “standing two meters away from where the clashes were taking place [outside the palace], covering the events with his camera, which was confiscated during the attack,” Egyptian news site Ahram Online reported this week,
“From this day, I am an enemy of the Brotherhood. I despise them. And I will shame them,” Abu-Deif’s fiancé said.
“He who kills should be killed. I will live on to bring him justice,” she added.
Several members of the press syndicate council have said that they hold various Freedom and Justice Party members responsible for the killing of Abu-Deif.
Hundreds of Egyptian journalists and activists gathered at the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate's downtown headquarters on Wednesday, where they chanted against the Muslim Brotherhood while waiting for Abu-Deif's body to be released from the nearby hospital, Ahram Online reported.