Said Tahlil

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Somali editor Ahmed Omar Hashi has survived three attempts on his life. With CPJ's help, he is now living in Uganda. (CPJ/Karen Phillips)

Somali editor, family make a new life in exile

KAMPALA, Uganda As Ahmed Omar Hashi strode toward me, his figure silhouetted in the bright morning light, it was hard to believe this was the same man who left Mogadishu on a stretcher just six months earlier after suffering a near-fatal gunshot wound. As I reached to shake his hand, he pulled me into a…

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Somalia

Top Developments• Al-Shabaab terrorizes media through violence, threats, censorship.• Many local journalists flee into exile, leaving a void in coverage. Key Statistic9: Journalists killed in direct relation to their work in 2009. Somalia was among the world’s deadliest countries in 2009, surpassing violent hot spots such as Iraq and Pakistan. As conflict continued between the…

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Radio director stabbed; 2nd journalist attacked in 4 days

New York, February 9, 2009–The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Saturday’s brutal knife attack on Hassan Bulhan, director of a local radio station in the central town of Abudwaq. 

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Remembering Said Tahlil

Falastiin Iman, a former producer for the independent Somali broadcaster HornAfrik, was talking by phone on Sunday with the station’s director, Said Tahlil, left. He was upbeat, she said, a mood that is not easy to come by in Mogadishu. “He was so happy that peace was finally coming to Somalia and that, miraculously, HornAfrik…

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Another murder in Somalia as HornAfrik director is killed

New York, February 4, 2009–The director of HornAfrik, one of Somalia’s leading radio and television stations, was killed by three masked gunmen in the Bakara Market area of Mogadishu on Tuesday afternoon, local journalists told CPJ. The assailants shot Said Tahlil repeatedly as he and six other senior journalists were walking to a meeting with…

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CPJ shocked by murder of Somali journalist

We issued the following statement today after the shooting Tuesday of Horn Afrik radio station director, Said Tahlil, in Mogadishu, Somalia…

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