12 August 2012

Somalia: NUSOJ Condemns the Murder of Two Journalists in Mogadishu in a Single Day

Mogadishu — The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) strongly condemns the murder of two Somali journalists in separate incidents in Mogadishu on Sunday, August 12, 2012, the latest in a string of attacks against the media workers and journalists in Somalia and numbered the total journalists and media workers killed in Somalia in 2012 to nine (9).

Three unknown gunmen dressed like school children shot to death Yusuf Ali Osman, a veteran Somali Journalist and former director at the Somalia's Ministry of Information, Posts and Telecommunication, several times on the head on Sunday morning around 7:00am local time.

Osman was killed in Mogadishu Dharkenley district near a garage where he used to park his car to go for work, according to witnesses. the attackers immediately fled the area.

Witnesses reported that the gunmen called the journalists name to ensure it was him before he was shot. His funeral took place at Baghdad area, 10km South of the capital Mogadishu. The tragic incident was notified to Mohamed Ibrahim, the Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) upon his arrival at the Mogadishu airport after finishing International Investigative Reporting at the ABC News as a Galloway Family Foundation Fellow in the United States attended the funeral, calling the murder, "Cowardly and barbaric.".

"This is another tragic loss for the Somali media community and we should not be intimidated by these cowardly acts of assassinations meant to silence the voice of the voiceless." Mohamed Ibrahim, NUSOJ Secretary General said, "on behalf of the Somali journalists, we condemn in the strongest possible to these heinous and targeted crimes and call for an immediate end of the senseless murders of the journalists."

"The criminals must not be let free and must be accounted for." Mr. Ibrahim added sending condolence to the family and friends who might miss him. "Our sympathies and prayers goes to him and his families."

Some senior government officials also attended the funeral among them was the Director General of the Ministry of Information, Posts and Telecommunication, Mr. Abdirisaq Bahlawi who condemned the murder.

Late Yusuf Ali Osman in his sixties served from as a journalist for more than 30 years from the Somali National Radio and Television, Eastern Africa Radio Director in Mogadishu. He served as a media trainer and He was the former head of the National Media Council that drafted the current Media Law in 2007.

"We are particularly saddened by the loss of a great colleague, Mr.

Yusuf Ali Osman, who has been a remarkable manager and hardworking staff in the Ministry of Information." The Minister of Information, Posts and Telecommunications, H.E. Abdulkadir Hussein Mohamed said today in a statement.

The United Nations Political Office for Somalia condemned the assassination of late Yusuf Ali Osman in a statement.

"It was only 12 days ago that the comedian and media worker "Marshale" was killed. Today we mourn another prominent member of the Somali media community, Yusuf-Farey." The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Dr. Augustine P. Mahiga said. "I send my deepest condolences to his family and to all Somali media professionals, who for too long have seen their colleagues targeted, injured and assassinated without a single perpetrator being brought to justice",

In a separate incident, a broadcast journalist, Mohamoud Ali Yare better known as Buneyste, who is the Nairobi correspondent of the Mogadishu based Radio Hamar - Voice of Democracy - (VoD) - was killed by straying bullet that hit him on the head, while he was watching a football game at a playground at Towfiiq neighborhood of Yaqshid District in Mogadishu on late Sunday afternoon, around 5:30pm, according to the Director of Radio Hamar, Voice of Democracy, Abdirahman Yasin who spoke with NUSOJ. Radio Hamar is a privately owned Radio station.

Late Mohamoud Ali, in his 20, came to Mogadishu recently to visit his sick mom in Mogadishu and planning to return to Nairobi to continue his reporting.

"He was hit by a straying bullet on the head as he was watching soccer game at a playground in Towfiiq neighborhood." Mr. Abdirahman Yasin, Director of Radio Hamar, Voice of Democracy said, "There was a firefight in the area among the Somali government forces."

"He was our Nairobi reporter and recently came to Mogadishu to visit his sick." Mr. Yasin added.

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