Journalists Killed  |  Somalia

Farhan Jeemis Abdulle

Radio Daljir and Simba Radio

May 2, 2012, in Galkayo, Somalia

(Free Press Unlimited)

Two unidentified gunmen killed Farhan as he walked home from work in Galkayo, a town in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, at around 8 p.m., local journalists told CPJ. The assailants shot him three times in the back and once in the hand, local journalists said.

Farhan started working with Radio Daljir in 2006 as a reporter and then became a producer, editor, and host. He was also a correspondent for the Mogadishu-based Simba Radio.

Farhan's colleagues told CPJ the journalist had received unspecified threats from an anonymous caller a few days before the attack. Local journalists said they suspected Al-Shabaab insurgents had killed Farhan for his coverage of the conflict between insurgent groups and the government-allied forces in Somalia. Al-Shabaab insurgents have fought against the Puntland administration since 2007, according to news reports.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack. Farhan is survived by a wife and three children.


Medium: Radio

Job: Broadcast Reporter, Columnist / Commentator, Producer

Beats Covered: Culture, Politics, War

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: No

Tortured: No

Threatened: Yes


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