Journalists Killed  |  Somalia

Marcello Palmisano


February 9, 1995, in Mogadishu, Somalia

Palmisano, a cameraman for Italy's public television station, RAI, was shot and killed on the road to the Mogadishu airport, where he and reporter Carmen Lasorella were going to cover the withdrawal of United Nations troops. It is believed that the attack on the two Italians was part of a dispute called the "banana war" between two rival banana export firms, Somalfruit and Sombana. The journalists were riding in a car belonging to Somalfruit when gunmen riding in Sombana's "technical"--a vehicle mounted with heavy weapons--attacked them. Witnesses report that Palmisano was mistaken for a Somalfruit executive.

Medium: Television

Job: Camera Operator

Beats Covered: War

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Foreign

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Criminal Group

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: No

Tortured: No

Threatened: No

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