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13th journalist murdered in Somalia, 4th in twenty-four hours


Té / 21 September 2012

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) deplores the targeted murder of fourth journalist in less than 24 hours in Mogadishu.

Hassan Yusuf Absuge, head of programme of Radio Maanta was shot dead by men armed with pistols at the Bar Ayaan junction in Mogadishu. Absuge died on the spot after he was shot in the head.

“We extend our deepest condolences to Hassan Yusuf Absuge’s family. It is very miserable and viciousness that when journalists attended the burial of three of their colleagues, they have to hear another colleague is killed,” said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General.

Al-Shabaab militants group have this afternoon claimed the responsibility of the killing of Hassan Yusuf Absuge because he was working as “spy” against “Allah’s forces”. NUSOJ completely rejects this baseless and inhumane allegation against Absuge which was used to eliminate him. He was a professional journalist who has been carrying out his work proficiently.

“No one is protecting journalists. Despite increased attention and engagement by the world community to Somalia, protection of journalist has become an empty talk that has no result,” added Osman.

Three journalists were killed in double suicide bomb attack at “The Village” restaurant in Mogadishu on Thursday evening. Six journalists were also wounded in this villainous attack.

“The culture of impunity has become ever more strongly entrenched because of the failure to bring those responsible for the murder and harassment of journalists to book” Declared Osman.

Absuge, a well-known radio journalist who was a member of the union, is the 13th journalist to be murdered in Somalia since January this year. Radio Maanta is newly established Radio station, which is privately owned.

MOGADISHU, Somalia, September 21, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/

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