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Somalia:Journalist still admitted in hospital

Article 19

25 July 2013

Mascuud Abdulahi Aadan pictured above, a correspondent for the Mogadishu based Dalsan Radio and Mohamed Farah  Sahal, a correspondent for the Mogadishu based Goobjoog radio are still nursing injuries they sustained  on 17 July 2013 after a  member of the Raskamboni Brigade in Kismayo sporadically fired at their  car. The journalists were on assignment to report a landmine attack on the AMISOM troops in Kismayo, at the Somalistar road in Calanley neighborhood. The two journalists were immediately rushed to main hospital in Kismayo.

Mascuud was hit on the backbone and was airlifted with the help of Article 19 to Nairobi Kenya where he is receiving treatment. Mohamed was hit at the right shoulder, received treatment and is recuperating at home.

On 25 June, 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.

Using the Emergency Support Fund, Article 19 is coordinating with monitors and partners on the ground to offer assistance for the two journalists as they recuperate. Eight media workers have lost their lives this year in Somalia and four others seriously attacked.

 

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