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Somali journalist dies at hospital after sustaining gunshot injuries

Mogadishu, 26 October, 2013

 

Somali Journalists Mohamed Mohamoud “Timacade” has died following injuries he sustained after being attacked by unknown gunmen. The Universal TV journalist had been admitted at Madina Hospital in Mogadishu. On 22 October 2013 the journalist was attacked by unidentified men armed with pistols in the morning shortly after he left his home at Wadajir district in Mogadishu. The assailants who were driving on a car hit against the journalist’s car and when the journalist stopped his car to look check what had happened the assailants immediately started shooting the journalist. They shot six bullets on his head, chest, stomach and the back of his shoulder.

Article 19 condemned the attack and called for protection for journalists in Somalia. “The government must do more to protect journalists in Somalia given the unstable nature of the country. Perpetrators must be brought to justice to deter future attacks “said Henry Maina, Article 19 East Africa director.

Somalia president also condemned the attack. “We must bring to justice those responsible for the attempted assassination of Tima'ade,” Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud said in a statement before Mohamud died. The president urged Somali reporters “to keep up their courageous activity to show these thugs and would-be killers that they cannot silence journalists who are doing a magnificent job in Somalia.”

Somalia remains one of the most dangerous countries for journalists to operate in.This year alone at least ten journalists have been killed while seven others attacked in different circumstances. In June this year, African Union’s Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Pansy Tlakula urged states in Eastern Africa to do more to ensure the safety and protection of journalists who work in some of the world’s most dangerous regions. She said that states have not done enough to ensure journalists are secure and this has contributed to increased attacks since perpetrators are rarely held accountable.

 

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