New York, January 2, 2009--A government soldier killed Radio Shabelle reporter Hassan Mayow Hassan, shooting the veteran journalist twice in the head after stopping him in the Somali town of Afgoye on Thursday morning, three local journalists told the Committee to Protect Journalists today. The journalists said they had interviewed witnesses to the killing.
"The transitional government must do everything it can to
immediately investigate this killing, and the international community must take
greater responsibility to ensure the safety of all civilians, including
journalists," said CPJ's
Minister of Information Ahmed Abdisalam said he was told that Hassan had been killed in crossfire between two armed groups in Afgoye. "If there is any evidence of wrongdoing by a government soldier or officer, we will investigate," he told CPJ.
The three local journalists interviewed today by CPJ offered
a different account. These journalists said they spoke with witnesses who
reported that soldiers stopped Hassan in Afgoye, a town 20 miles (30
kilometers) south of
Hassan was en route to a news conference in Afgoye when the
killing occurred, Nasir told CPJ. "We will greatly miss our colleague," he said.
"Hassan was a humanitarian who worked tirelessly to report on the conditions of
civilians and the humanitarian situation in the
Ten Somali journalists have been killed in the last two
years, two from Radio Shabelle alone. Bashiir
Noor Gedi, a Radio Shabelle manager, was murdered outside his home in