New York, June 8, 2009--Following the attack by unidentified gunmen on two staff members of Radio Shabelle on Sunday that left one dead and one injured, the Committee to Protect Journalists called today for all sides in the ongoing conflict to allow journalists to carry out their work without fear of retribution.
Two gunmen opened
fire on Radio Shabelle Director Mukhtar Mohamed Hirabe, above, and News Editor Ahmed
Omar Hashi, shooting Hirabe in the head and killing him, and Hashi in the hand
and stomach, according to international news reports. The two journalists were
walking in the restive Bakara Market region of the capital,
Hashi (also known as
Tajir) is currently receiving treatment in
"As the conflict in
The latest attack
may have been due to false stories that claimed Islamist opposition
leader Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys was killed or seriously injured during an
intense Friday conflict that killed more than 120 people, according to wire reports.
But some of Hashi and Hirabi's colleagues
said they believe insurgents are targeting
Even at Hirabe's funeral, journalists and family members were forced to flee the ceremony after mourners noticed four men with pistols had shown up, according to the National Union of Somali Journalists.
Hirabe, 48, was the third Shabelle journalist killed this year. He is survived by two wives and five children.
Somalia is the most
dangerous country in Africa to work as a journalist, with five journalists
killed this year, according to CPJ research.
Somalia is the most dangerous country in Africa to work as a journalist, with five journalists killed this year, according to CPJ research.