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September 19, 2010

Attacks on Mogadishu radio stations leave journalists in untenable situation

Radio HornAfrik was ransacked and looted by members of Al-Shabaab while Global Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) was taken over on Saturday by Hizb-Al-Islam, which has decided to use it for broadcasting its own propaganda, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. According to the transitional government in Mogadishu, they bring to five the number of radio stations that have been attacked or forcibly taken over by Islamist rebels. These raids have yet again... MORE
September 1, 2010

Somali journalist stabbed to death

A Somali journalist working for a private radio station was stabbed to death by unidentified attackers in the war-torn country's central Galkayo region, colleagues and witnesses said Wednesday. Abdulahi Omar Gedi, who worked with Daljir Radio, was attacked when he left work late on Tuesday and later died of his injuries in hospital, his colleague Abdulkadir Mohamed told Agence France-Presse (AFP). "Unidentified men attacked him with knives and killed him. We don't know why he was killed as... MORE
August 25, 2010

Somali journalist killed in Mogadishu crossfire

Veteran radio journalist Barkhat Awale was killed by crossfire Tuesday in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, the Commitee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported quoting local journalists and news reports. He is the second journalist killed on duty in Somalia this year, according to CPJ. Awale, 60, director of the community radio station Hurma Radio, was on the roof of the station assisting a technician in fixing the station's transmitter when a stray bullet hit him in the stomach, local... MORE
August 13, 2010

Puntland authorities order suspension of broadcast journalist

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has condemned the suspension from work of Nuh Muse Birjeb, a journalist working with the Voice of America (VOA) Somali Service, also the correspondent for Universal TV in the Puntland regions. "The suspension of a journalist who is merely carrying out his media work is a breach of press freedom. We understand that this is the height of a series of intimidations and scrutiny against Nuh Muse. Such actions are tantamount to an open subjugation of... MORE
November 30, 2007

Mogadishu mayor imposes "unacceptable and ridiculous" restrictions on news media

(RSF/IFEX) - New draconian restrictions on the coverage of fighting between government forces and rebels by the few media still operating in the capital are "unacceptable," RSF said on 28 November 2007. The restrictions were ordered on 26 November by Mogadishu mayor Mohamed Omar Habeb, a former warlord and governor of the central city of Jowhar who is also known by the nom de guerre of "Mohamed Dhere." "The rules decreed by Mohamed Dhere are ridiculous, especially as they have no legal basis,"... MORE
August 12, 2007

Two radio journalists killed in wave of political killings in Somalia

Two prominent Somali radio journalists were killed in Mogadishu on Saturday, the first by gunmen in the morning and the second, the radio station's co-owner, in an explosion hours later as he returned from the reporter's funeral, according to news reports. The killings targeted Horn Afrik radio, which has been criticised by the Ethiopian-backed Somali government as well as hardline members of an insurgency that has been battling government and Ethiopian forces for months, the Washiongton Post... MORE