Cartoon, published 5 July 2012. The man featured in the upper three images is Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. 

Gomaa Farahat (also spelled "Gomaa Frahat") was an Egyptian political cartoonist. His work was published in over 120 American and in about 25 European and Asian magazines and newspapers.

Life and career
Gomaa Farahat (جمعة فرحات) was born in 1941 in Cairo. Receiving his bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Commerce in 1964, he joined the Rosal Youssef press foundation, publishing his drawings in its weekly political magazines Rose al-Yūsuf and Sabah Al Khair until July 1999. Between 1991 and 2013, his cartoons ran in Al-Ahram, the most widely circulating Egyptian newspaper with editions in Arabic, English and French. Gomaa's cartoons also ran in newspapers and magazines such as Al Shaab, Al Ahrar, Al-Wafd and Al-Araby, as well as the children's magazine Maged (1972-1979).

On the Nile News Channel, Farahat had his weekly TV show, 'With Gomaa Every Friday'. During broadcasts he showed cartoons from all over the world and provided commentary on the news. Outside of Egypt, his cartoons were in circulation through the CartoonArts International syndicate, appearing in the International Herald Tribune, the English Times, El Luvracion and The Canadian Gazette. Since 1984, he was a member of the Egyptian Caricature Association.


Gomaa Farahat cartoon, published in Al-Ahram on 30 September 2013, only with the image of former president Nasser removed.

Controversy
In September 2013, Farahat submitted a political cartoon to the Al-Ahram newspaper, with a man protesting for democracy next to an image of former Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser. However, when the drawing appeared in the paper on 30 September 2013, the image of Nasser was removed: only the activist holding a sign was kept. Farahat asked the editors why they vandalized his drawing, since the critical article next to the cartoon was not censored. They replied that the articles, unlike the cartoon, would not be read. Farahat found out the editors had misinterpreted his cartoon as criticizing Nasser, while he intended to imply that the Egyptian uprisings of the early 2010s were an extension of Nasser's 1954 coup. Out of protest, Farahat resigned from Al-Ahram on 23 October 2013.


Cartoon, published 5 April 2012. It depicts Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad, whose power is gradually crumbling down by civil war. 

Recognition
Frahat won the Journalists' Union twice, in 1985 and 1989. In 1999, he won the Mustafa and Ali Amin Press Award for "Best Egyptian Caricature". His cartoons have been exhibited in the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

Death
Gomaa Farahat passed away in Cairo in 2011, at the age of 80. His death received an official statement of mourning by the Egyptian Minister of Culture Dr. Enas Abdel Dayem.


 Cartoon, published on 28 March 2012. The man in the right corner panel is Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. 

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