Udo Ulfkotte (20 January 1960 – 13 January 2017) was a German journalist and political scientist. He was an assistant editor for the German main daily newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) for several years. Ulfkotte studied jurisprudence and politics at Freiburg and London. Between 1986 and 1998 Ulfkotte lived predominantly in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan.
Ulfkotte was on the staff of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation from 1999 to 2003. He won the civic prize of the Annette Barthelt Foundation in 2003.
Ulfkotte publishes a magazine called "Whistleblower", which reports on topics not covered by the German media.
Ulfkotte had planned to run for the Hamburg local elections in 2008, as number two on the Centre Party'slist, but later withdrew in June/July 2007. On July 2007, Ulfkotte announced he would found a new national party.
Ulfkotte was born into a Christian family, but by the age of 21, he abandoned Christianity and became an atheist. When he went to live in Islamic countries, he converted to Islam while living in Herat, Afghanistan. He later left Islam and went back to Christianity. He reverted to a conservative and nationalist views, occasionally expressing strong anti-immigrantor anti-Muslim opinions.
Ulfkotte died from a heart attack on 13 January 2017.(...more)