Garowe Online (Garowe)

28 September 2012

Somalia: Journalist Beheaded, the Other Shot Dead in Mogadishu As Targeting Continues

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Journalists at a press conference (file photo).

Mogadishu — Two journalists have been killed within 24 hours of each other as the targeted killings of journalists has escalated in Mogadishu over the past weeks, Garowe Online reports.

The last journalist to be killed in Mogadishu was shot dead in the Dharkenley district on Friday. Ahmed Abdullahi Farah was a journalist who worked for a media agency in Yemen and was shot dead after leaving a house in Mogadishu.

According to local sources, at least two gunmen approached Mr. Farah, gunned him down and escaped from the scene.

Somali government police arrived at the scene of the killing and stated that they are pursuing the shooters.

However many reporters have expressed discontent in the police's lack of arrests in the countless killings of journalists in Somalia.

"The government of Somalia other than maybe one arrest hasn't made any

convictions in the numerous killings of journalists throughout the past 9 months," said Mohamed Dahir a Garowe based freelance journalist.

Abdirahman Mohamed Ali, another journalist, was gruesomely beheaded and his body left in Mogadishu's biggest market, Suuqa Holaha. Police were notified after his remains were found the next morning by business owners.

Mr. Ali was working for a sports media agency and was based in Mogadishu.

Al Shabaab hasn't claimed responsibility for the two killings of the Mogadishu based journalists.

This is the fifth journalist to be killed in Mogadishu in the past week and the rising death toll of journalists has worried many journalists in Mogadishu who expressed serious concern in their security.

"Government officials have protection and can't easily be attacked, but we are journalists who are amongst the community, don't have bulletproof vehicles, we don't have guards or even carry weapons. The government showed us that they cannot protect us then some will take matters into our own hands,' said Ahmed Adan a freelance journalist based in Mogadishu.

There have been 13 killings of journalists in Somalia with most of the killings occurring in Mogadishu where 3 journalists were killed in a suicide attack last week.

Despite the AMISOM and Somali forces initiative in Mogadishu, assassinations have spiked since the new President Hassan Sheikh took office earlier this month.

GAROWE ONLINE.

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