Al-Nass editor dies in traffic accident [Archives:2006/994/Front Page]

October 30 2006

SANA'A, Oct. 27 – Thousands of citizens, journalists, party leaders and MPs attended the funeral of Hamid Shuhrah, Editor-in-Chief of Al-Nass weekly newspaper and Nasspress Net, who died in a traffic accident as he was on his way back to Yemen from Saudi Arabia.

The journalist died in a traffic accident last Wednesday in Al-Khasham Area, Hodeidah governorate, only a few hundred meters from Haradh's Customs Point situating near the Yemeni-Saudi borders.

The back wheel of Shuhrah's car blew up as the journalist was driving back to Yemen from Mecca after performing Omrah.

The accident instantly killed Shuhrah and injured his wife and four children, Malek, Mohamed, Ahmad and Mustafa, who were transferred to a Hodeida hospital.

Shuhrah was born in 1973 in Ba'adan District, Ibb governorate and obtained a diploma in Islamic Education from the General Teachers Institute in Ibb.

Shuhrah is a youthful Yemeni journalists. He joined journalism in the late 80's and issued many local publications in Ibb, which had been supervised and supported by Yemeni Teachers Syndicate and Yemen Students Union. He had been an editor-in-chief of Al-Nihar newspaper, run by the Islah Party in Ibb governorate.

At that time, Shuhrah was a freelancer for the state-run Al-Thawrah daily, as well as a reporter for Al-Sahwah, mouthpiece of the Islamist Islah Party before moving to the capital in 1994.

In Sana'a he started work for Al-Sahwah in the political, intellectual and social department and at the same time a correspondent for the London based Al-Mustaqila Newspaper. Later on, Shuhra worked as a researcher and secretary for the Yemeni Center for Strategic Studies, affiliated with the Islah Party, and then a chief editor of the center's monthly magazine “Nawafedh.”

During his work at the center, Shuhrah published his famous book, Masra'a Al-Ebtesama “Demise of the Smile”, about the 1948 Revolution and the role of Muslim Brothers Movement in the revolution.

Shuhrah has various researches and writings in the areas of drama, stories and criticism, in addition to his political, intellectual and social writings.

In 2000 he crowned his journalistic achievements by establishing Al-Nass weekly newspaper.

Unfortunately Shuhrah never got the chance to see Al-Nass become a daily newspaper – new printing press is on the way to Yemen and the plan is set.

The journalist passed away before seeing his newborn from his second wife Maisa'a Shuja'a Al-Din, a journalist, who was in Cairo at the time of the accident.

Al-Nass released a statement expressing sadness and sorrow over the loss of its chief editor, who turned the simple paper a media force – along with magazines and supplements.

The statement acknowledged the prominent role played by the Shuhrah, who was famous for his open criticism and abiding by standards of the profession.

Concluding the statement, Al-Nass staff members said: “Yemeni journalism lost one of its prominent figures, despite his young age, who took a new path in the course of Yemeni media toward independence, neutrality and objectivity.”