26 December 2013

Somalia: Journalists Tortured in Garowe While Trying to Cover On Presidential Election Campaign

Several journalists were beaten badly by one of Puntland Presidential candidates' body guards in Garowe after the journalists went for a meeting by the opposition presidential contestants.

The journalist Mahad Abdi Ali working for SomSat TV was badly tortured as he was beaten with the pad of an AK-47 rifle gun by two bodyguards for presidential candidates who were meeting in a house in Garowe on Wednesday.

The attack came as the journalists were called to come to the house where the presidential candidates were holding their meeting.

Samira Abdurahman, a female journalist in Garowe told radio Dalsan that she escaped from the area when the armed bodyguards begun to turn into the journalists and started beating.

The opposition presidential cadidates in Puntlamd did not comment on the brutal abuse agaisnt the journalists yet. But local media association in Puntland condemned such behavior and called for the contesting candidates to respect the work of the journalists.

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