8 June 2012

Somalia: Radio Journalist Seriously Wounded in Mogadishu

Mogadishu — The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) today condemned the shooting attacks on journalists in Mogadishu which radio journalist was seriously wounded.

Mohamed Nur Mohamed known as Sharifka, a journalist working for UN funded radio Bar Kulan was injured in Mogadishu's Hamar Jajab District on Friday evening. Unidentified armed men in Hamar Jajab district shot and seriously wounded Mohamed while he was on his way home in Waberi District, in the latest violent attack on journalists in the country.

Mohamed was taken to Mogadishu's Medina hospital where he was successfully operated. Two bullets one in the stomach and one in the chest shot him.

"We condemn this wanton violence against Mohamed Nur Mohamed who only wanted to pursue a career in journalism," said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General. "The authorities must be sincere in their fight to bring the war on journalists to an end."

Mohamed Nur Mohamed is a member of NUSOJ's Banadir branch. He is well-known journalist who worked with several radio stations in Mogadishu before joining radio Bar Kulan. Attached photo is Mohamed in a group photo (standing at extreme left) with other NUSOJ members during General Assembly of the union in March 2011 in Mogadishu

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