AFRICA PRESS RELEASE:
MOGADISHU, Somalia, March 26, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is outraged over the incident in which two men armed with pistols shot and wounded a radio journalist at the Madina neighborhood of the bigger Wadajir district on Sunday evening around 06:00pm, the latest in a series of attacks against journalists and media workers in recent months.
Two men armed with pistols shot and wounded Mohyadin Hasan Mohamed, “Mohyadin Husni” , who is the head of the News for the Shabelle Media Network,, after returning from his work place on Sunday evening around 06:00pm, 25 March, 2012, according to Mohyadin Hasan Mohamed, “Mohyadin Husni” who spoke with NUSOJ.
“I was passing nearby Mogadishu Cinema in Madina neighborhood of Wadajir district, when two men armed with pistols started shooting at me.” Mohyadin Husni told NUSOJ, “Luckily, the first shot slightly penetrated the muscle over the left part of my chest, just close to my heart. But I am feeling good now.”
“I escaped with my foot. I am lucky I am alive.” Mr. Husni added.
It is not clear the reason behind the attack and no group has claimed yet claimed.
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) strongly condemns the shooting incident which was an apparent assassination attempt and calls for the concerned authorities to investigate the incident immediately without delay.
“Journalists are working in a very difficult circumstances, despite their bravery to continue reporting the news to the Public and risking their lives and it is unfortunate that they are targeted and killed.”
Mohamed Ibrahim, NUSOJ Secretary General said, “We call for immediate and urgent investigation into the shooting incident and bring the assailants to a court of Justice.”
“We Pray our colleague for his immediate and speedy recovery.” Mr. Ibrahim added.
On March 4, 2012 Unidentified assailants shot and killed the journalist, Ali Ahmed Abdi, a young journalist in his 24, near Hotel Guhaad, on his way home after returning from his work place on Sunday night around 10:00pm local time in the town of Galkacyo, controlled by the Puntland authorities.
National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)