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Alerts   |   Somalia

Somali journalist in Puntland killed by gunmen

Two gunmen shot Abdirisak Ali Abdi at a restaurant on Tuesday. The Radio Daljir journalist died at a hospital. (HCTV)

Nairobi, November 19, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland to do their utmost to arrest and prosecute the killers of a Somali journalist and identify the motive behind the murder.

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Abdirizak Ali Abdi

Two unknown, hooded gunmen shot Abdirisak Ali Abdi in the head and chest while he was sitting in a restaurant in the northern suburb of Galkayo town, according to news reports and the director of Daljir Radio, Mohamed Abdulahi, who spoke to CPJ. The two gunmen fled the scene before police arrived. Abdirisak died while receiving treatment for his injuries at Mudug General Hospital, the same sources said.

Police said they were investigating, although no arrests were made, according to local journalists and news reports.

Abdirisak was a reporter and newscaster for the privately owned Radio Daljir and a reporter for the Hargeisa-based HornCable TV. Radio Daljir Editor Abdifatah Omar said Abdirisak had routinely covered local politics in the semi-autonomous Puntland region.

Local journalists told CPJ they could not specify a story that could have led to Abdirasak's murder but that he covered local politics in Puntland, including last year's elections. According to a report by the independent Dalsan Radio, just days before his death, Abdirisak had told a friend on Facebook that he feared for his life. The report did not elaborate.

Radio Daljir's Galkayo station has been targeted repeatedly in recent years. Unknown assailants threw grenades at the station in Galkayo in 2011 and 2013. The station's premises were damaged both times, and one security guard was injured, the journalists said. In May 2012, unidentified gunmen killed Farhan Jeemis Abdulle, a producer, editor, and host for Radio Daljir, as he walked home from work at the station, according to news reports. Local journalists said at the time that they suspected Al-Shabaab insurgents had killed Farhan in connection with his coverage of a program that encouraged young people to lay down their guns.

At least two other journalists have been killed in Galkayo since early 2012, according to CPJ research. Ali Ahmed Abdi, a freelance journalist, was shot in the head in March 2012. Liban Abdullahi Farah, a correspondent for Kalsan TV, was killed by gunmen in Galkayo in July 2013.

November 16, 2014 4:46 PM ET

Case   |   Somalia

In Somalia, Puntland authorities detain radio journalist

Fatima Yusuf was detained overnight by police in Puntland. (Puntland Sun)

On August 6, 2014, police in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland detained Fatima Yusuf, a reporter for the private broadcaster Radio Daljir, according to local journalists and news reports. Police raided Fatima's hotel room in Puntland's capital, Garowe, and also arrested two other journalists, Puntland TV reporter Khadro Mohamed and Kalsan TV reporter Abdinasir Da'ad. The three were taken to Garowe Police Station.

Attacks on the Press   |   Somalia

Attacks on the Press in 2013: Somalia

While the Somali government elected in 2012 attempted to gain more control and improve security, attacks on journalists continued. At least five reporters were attacked by militia groups loosely connected to the government, according to news reports. CPJ documented four journalists killed in direct relation to their work in Somalia, an improvement from 2012, which was the deadliest year on record with 12 journalists killed. In early 2013, the prime minister created a task force to investigate cases of killed journalists, but little had been done by the end of the year. The international community condemned serious flaws in the Somali justice system after a court imprisoned freelance journalist Abdiaziz Abdinuur for 66 days for interviewing the victim of an alleged rape who claimed security forces were the perpetrators. The staff of a critical daily in the semi-autonomous region of Somaliland was harassed over the year: The director was attacked, the paper temporarily suspended in June and again indefinitely in December, and the editor and director briefly jailed on defamation charges. The charges were later dropped. A new media law considered by local journalists as progressive was passed in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in December.

February 12, 2014 2:04 AM ET

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Attaques contre la presse en 2013: Somalie

Alors que le gouvernement somalien élu en 2012, a tenté de mieux contrôler et d’améliorer la sécurité, les attaques contre les journalistes se sont poursuivies. Selon des medias, au moins cinq journalistes ont été agressés par des milices vaguement liées au gouvernement. Le CPJ a documenté les cas de quatre journalistes tués, en relation directe avec leur travail en Somalie, une amélioration par rapport à 2012, qui a été l'année la plus meurtrière pour les journalistes avec 12 victimes. En début 2013, le premier ministre somalien a créé une commission chargée d’enquêter sur les cas de journalistes tués, mais, en fin d’année, peu a été fait. La communauté internationale a condamné les graves défaillances du système judiciaire somalien, après qu'un tribunal a emprisonné le journaliste indépendant Abdiaziz Abdinuur pendant 66 jours, pour avoir interviewé la victime d'un viol présumé. La victime a affirmé que des éléments des forces de sécurité en étaient les auteurs. Le personnel d'un quotidien dans la région semi-autonome du Somaliland connu pour sa ligne éditoriale critique, a également été harcelé au cours de l'année : le directeur a été agressé, le journal suspendu temporairement en juin, puis à nouveau indéfiniment en décembre. Le rédacteur en chef et le directeur de publication ont été brièvement emprisonnés pour diffamation. Les charges ont ensuite, été abandonnées. En décembre, une nouvelle loi sur la presse, considérée par les journalistes locaux comme progressive, a été adoptée dans la région semi- autonome du Puntland.

12 février 2014 1h53 ET

Alerts   |   Somalia

Assailants throw grenades at radio station in Puntland

Nairobi, October 16, 2013--Unidentified assailants threw two grenades at the Galkayo offices of Radio Daljir in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland on Tuesday night, according to news reports and local journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack on Radio Daljir, which has been targeted in the past, and calls on authorities to identify the perpetrators and ensure they are brought to justice.

October 16, 2013 3:30 PM ET

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Gunmen kill Somali broadcast journalist in Puntland

Liban Abdullahi was shot dead on Sunday. (Garoornews Online)

Nairobi, July 8, 2013--Two unidentified gunmen killed TV reporter Liban Abdullahi on Sunday evening in Galkayo, a central town in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, according to local journalists and news reports.

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Liban Abdullahi Farah

Two unidentified gunmen shot Liban, a correspondent for Kalsan TV, near his home in the Wajadir village area, north Galkayo, in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, local journalists told CPJ. The gunmen fled before police arrived.

Liban, who was also known as "Liban Qaran" died before reaching a local hospital, the same colleagues told CPJ. He is survived by a wife and five children.

An energetic reporter with vast experience in the field, Liban had previously worked for Radio SBC (Somali Broadcasting Corporation), Radio Daljir, Codka Nabadda ("Voice of Peace"), and Royal Television.

Local journalists said they suspected Liban had been targeted for his reporting on the council elections. The vote was originally scheduled for mid-July 2013, but was postponed for security concerns, according to news reports. 

Local journalists told CPJ that Ahmed Mohamed Ali, another Puntland-based journalist and Liban's former colleague at Codka Nabada in Galkayo, had received threatening phone calls in late July after he reported on Liban's death. The caller told Ahmed that he would befall the "same fate as Liban Abdullahi," the journalists told CPJ.

July 7, 2013 1:39 PM ET

Alerts   |   Somalia

Puntland authorities ban three radio stations

Nairobi, March 18, 2013--The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned by a recent directive from authorities in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region banning local broadcasters from airing content produced outside the region.

March 18, 2013 12:53 PM ET

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Attacks on the Press   |   Somalia

Attacks on the Press in 2012: Somalia

Despite a relatively peaceful presidential election and the government’s continuing control of the capital, Mogadishu, a record number of Somali journalists were killed in 2012. Amid comparative calm in the capital, targeted killings of journalists and political figures continued, most notably in a deadly September blast at a café frequented by reporters and government officials. Given the ouster of Al-Shabaab insurgents from Mogadishu in 2011, the continuing killings raised concern that journalists and others were being targeted by a widening field of politically motivated antagonists. Though most fatalities occurred in the capital, unknown gunmen killed two journalists in separate attacks in Galkayo, a commercial hub of the semi-autonomous region of Puntland. Three radio stations were forced to close during the year, two on the orders of Al-Shabaab and one at the directive of Puntland officials. Pervasive insecurity has forced dozens of Somali journalists to flee into exile in the last five years, the highest number in the world. Although peaceful in comparison to the rest of the country, the semi-autonomous republic of Somaliland had a high number of journalist detentions.

February 14, 2013 12:04 AM ET

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