21 October 2012

Somalia: Radio Reporter Wounded in Mogadishu

Photo: NUSOJ
Somali journalists wear bullet-proof vests to go to work (file photo).

Mogadishu, Somalia — A Somali radio reporter was wounded by gunmen in Mogadishu Sunday evening, Garowe Online reports.

Gunmen wounded Mohamed Mohamud Turyare a Radio Shabelle reporter, as he left a mosque in Mogadishu's Wadajir district.

Mr. Turyare who was shot several times was rushed to a nearby hospital and the severity of his condition is still unknown.

According to Mohamed Bashir Hashi a colleague of Mr. Turyare, the gunmen fled the scene after police officers that were nearby fired shots at the assassins.

Fifteen journalists in Somalia have been killed over the past 10 months. Five journalists were killed in a suicide bombing of a Mogadishu restaurant last month.

Somalia is the worst place to practice journalism according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

The successive killings of Somali journalists have raised eyebrows in the press world.

Jamal Osman a Somali journalist published an article in the Guardian deducing that some Somali journalists are being targeted for their involvement in corruption.

The article sparked a protest in Mogadishu by journalists who refused Mr. Osman's view.

The new Federal Somali government is faced with the ever-mounting burden of providing safety for their journalists.

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