24 October 2013

Somalia: Targeting the Journalists & Opinion Makers Is Still Continued, ANHRI Condemns the Death of Mohamed Tmaeidi

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Nigerians listen for the latest election news on their radios in Kano, northern Nigeria, 19 April 2007. Vice-President Atiku Abubakar of the Action Congress Party, former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari of the All Nigeria People's Party, and Umaru Musa Yar'Adua of the ruling People's Democratic Party are the three favorites to win the Nigerian presidential elections on 21 April 2007.

press release

Cairo — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, ANHRI, denounces the continuing targeting of the activists, journalists and the public figures of the Somalian on the hands of extremist groups as well as using the lethal violence in order to liquidate them because of their views and work in media, under the inaction of the Somalian authorities to protect them and to hold the perpetrators accountable.

The Somalian journalist "Mohamed Mahmoud Tmaeidi"- a report in Universal Somali TV, has been subjected to an assassination attempt by unknown assailants on Tuesday morning, which led to wounding him.

On hid way to his office in Mogadishu, the journalist was surprised with unknown assailants shooting him by guns then then fled. He was taken to the hospital south-west Mogadishu.

This incident is a new episode of the uninterrupted attacks series on the journalists. At the beginning of 2013, on January 18, gunmen had assassinated the journalist "Abdel Hard Osman Adan". Whilst, on July 3, the human rights advocate " Abdi Farh" was killed, and the journalist "Rahma Abdel Kadeer" was killed on March 23. In mid-August, Ahmed Sherif, technical director of Radio and TV in Somalia by unknown attackers.

"Under the humanitarian conditions that Somalia lives, these terrorist groups target the journalists and face their words with bullets at the aim of silencing them, while the authorities failed to identify them to stand trial. It is reported that in 2012, as to 18 Somalian journalists were killed in a similar way", said ANHRI.

ANHRI added that, "The Somalian authorities must open investigations over the incidents of killing the journalists and opinion makers, identify the perpetrators and try them, as their impunity would be a justification for targeting the journalists more and more"

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