Somalia / 2009

Somali radio station and TV satellite destroyed; one dead

December 21, 2009 3:02 PM ET

New York, December 21, 2009—Mortar shells destroyed the Radio Voice of Democracy building this morning in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, killing Amal Abukar, 22, the wife of the director of the station, Abdirahman Yasin. Abukar died instantly after three mortar shells landed on the station’s building in northern Mogadishu at 10:30 a.m., local journalists told CPJ....

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Explosion kills three Somali journalists in Mogadishu

December 3, 2009 5:06 PM ET

New York, December 3, 2009—Three journalists were among the victims of a suicide bombing at a Benadir University graduation ceremony in Mogadishu today. At least 22 people were killed at Hotel Shamo, including three government ministers, by suspected Islamic insurgents, according to The Associated Press.Hassan Zubeyr, a cameraman for...

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Kidnapped journalists are freed in Somalia

November 25, 2009 2:41 PM ET

We issued the following statement after confirming the release today of Canadian freelance reporter Amanda Lindhout and Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan, both held in Somalia since August 2008......

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Honored for their work, threatened at home

November 19, 2009 12:18 PM ET

CPJ introduces 2009 International Press Freedom Awardees Washington, November 19, 2009—Naziha Réjiba, editor of the Tunisian online news journal Kalima, said she knows what to expect when she returns home—surveillance, harassment, and threats conducted by one the world’s most repressive governments....

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Two Somali journalists injured in separate shootings

November 18, 2009 3:37 PM ET

New York, November 18, 2009—Two Somali correspondents for international media outlets were injured in separate shootings, one in the northeast semi-autonomous region of Puntland, and the other in the capital, Mogadishu, according to local journalists and news reports....

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Government suspends VOA service in Puntland

October 2, 2009 2:39 PM ET

New York, October 2, 2009—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the suspension on Thursday of three Voice of America (VOA) reporters in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in northeastern Somalia. Puntland’s Deputy Minister of Information Abdishakur Mire Adan issued a letter suspending all three VOA correspondents and any other...

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Radio Horyaal director, jailed in Somaliland, should be freed

September 9, 2009 4:07 PM ET

New York, September 9, 2009—Police should release Mohamed Osman, director of Radio Horyaal, who has been held without charge since his arrest on Saturday outside parliament in Hargeisa, capital of the breakaway republic of Somaliland, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Somaliland cracks down on independent media

August 24, 2009 5:16 PM ET

New York, August 24, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists called today for an end to an ongoing government crackdown on independent journalists in Somaliland....

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Families of Somalia captives release statement

August 21, 2009 5:41 PM ET

Ahead of the first anniversary on Sunday, August 23, of the kidnapping in Mogadishu of Canadian Amanda Lindhout and Australian Nigel Brennan we issued the following statement today on behalf of the families of the two journalists......

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Somaliland government increases attacks on press

July 22, 2009 4:34 PM ET

New York, July 22, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalist condemns the government's growing crackdown on the independent press in the northern breakaway republic of Somaliland as September presidential elections near. ...

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