Somali Journalists Mourn the Loss of another Assassinated Journalist in Mogadishu
MOGADISHU, Somalia, September 21, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) mourns the loss of the another prominent journalist who was assassinated in Mogadishu’s General Daud High School in Yaqshid neighborhood on Friday noon around 11:30am heightening the dangerous work journalists do in Somalia and bringing the total number of journalists killed this to 13.
Unknown assailants shot five bullets, three of them on the head of Hassan Yusuf Absuge, in his 40s, a veteran and academic, who was the head of Programs of radio Maanta, as he was heading his home, finishing his night shift, according to the Radio Maanta. Late Hassan Yusuf Absuge died on the scene.
“We have lost our colleague, he was killed at General Daud High school, after leaving the radio station.” Hussein Abdulle Mohamed, program producer of Radio Maanta told NUSOJ.
No group has claimed the responsibility of the attack.
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) outrageously condemns the act of assassination against our colleagues. .
“We condemn this brutal assassinations against the media practitioners in Mogadishu, an act meant to intimidate the journalists either stop the profession or force into exile.” Mohamed Ibrahim, Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said, “We call on the Federal government of Somalia to give priority on the security of the journalists and open independent investigations into the murders of the journalists cases.”
“It is very unfortunate that journalists are killed in assassinations on the eve of the World Peace day.” Mr. Ibrahim added.
On Thursday afternoon, three journalists were killed in suicide bombing and 7 others were wounded
National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)