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‘Hunt down journalist’s killers’

23 April 2013, 10:36

Nairobi - The Somali government has been urged to speed up the manhunt for the killers of journalist Mohamed Ibrahim Raage (34), who was murdered on Sunday in Mogadishu.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Africa Consultant, Tom Rhodes, called upon the Somali authorities to keep their promise to prosecute journalists' killers by investigating the murder of Raage.

"We send our deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of Mohamed Ibrahim.

"The government has made a firm pledge to root out the perpetrators who target journalists, and now is the time to honour that commitment by ensuring those responsible for Mohamed's death are brought to book," Rhodes said.

The slain Somali journalist is survived by his pregnant wife and two daughters.

Witnesses said two unidentified gunmen shot Mohamed around 5:30 pm on Sunday near his home in Mogadishu's Dharkenley district.

Mohamed, better known by his nickname "Honest," had just completed work at state-run Radio Mogadishu in the capital when the gunmen struck, Radio Mogadishu Director Abdirahim Isse said.

An experienced journalist who formerly worked as a reporter at Radio Shabelle, Mohamed had recently started work as a reporter and producer for Radio Mogadishu and Somali National Television.

Mohamed primarily covered government and parliamentary affairs.

Mohamed, who left Mogadishu in 2009 along with 14 other journalists for Kampala, Uganda because of the tenuous security situation in the country, returned to Mogadishu when the government pushed out the militias.

Rhodes said 12 journalists were murdered for their work in Somalia last year, adding 2012 was the worst year on record.

He also noted that more than 20 journalist murders over the past decade have gone unsolved.

Rhodes argues that although the government largely ousted Islamic militants from Mogadishu in 2011, the capital remains violent.

On April 14, gunmen attacked Somalia's Supreme Court, killing more than 30 people, including former journalist Mohamed Hassan Habeeb and well-known lawyers Mohamed Mohamud and Abikarin Hassan.

The two lawyers were known for their role in defending Somali journalist Abdiaziz Abdinuur, who was imprisoned earlier this year for interviewing an alleged rape victim.

- CAJ News


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