Somali journalists union decries continuous rebel attacks on journalists

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said Tuesday it was deeply worried about the increasing casualties of journalists in war-ravaged Somalia, after stray bullets fired by an armed rebel group wounded two more at a press conference in Mogadishu on Monday afternoon.

Mustaf Mohamed Ali, a reporter for Voice of Democracy (VoD), and Sadam Adam Mohamed, photographer for Shabelle Radio, were slightly wounded when a mortar fired by Al-Shabab rebel group landed close to the press conference venue near Ex-Maka Al-Mukarama Hotel.

Ahlu Sunna Waljama, a moderate Sufi group allied to the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia had called the press briefing.

Both journalists sustained slight head injuries and were rushed to Madina Hospital for treatment.

NUSOJ said they were discharged after treatment and were reportedly in good condition Tuesday.

Another journalist, Muhiyadin Mohamed Husni, working for Radio Kulmiye, was on 9 February slightly injured by a stray bullet in Mogadishu’s Madina neighbourhood.

“We are very much upset by the continuing journalists’ casualties and ask Allah to heal the wounds of our colleagues,” said NUSOJ secretary-general Mohammed Ibrahim in a statement made available to PANA here.

“This is a grave violation of press freedom and there is a trend whereby journalists and media houses in Somalia are increasingly targeted by enemies of press freedom. We urge the armed groups to respect the freedom of press and guarantee the safety of the journalists,” he added.
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15 février 2011 13:48:50

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