Ururka Qaran ee Suxufiyiinta Soomaaliyeed


National Union of Somali Journalists


Bar-Kulan Reporter recovers in Hospital, after surviving Assassination attempt

Mogadishu, June 10, 2012

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), is relieved the recovery of Bar-Kulan Radio reporter and one of its member journalists in Benadir branch after he survived an assassination attempt on Friday evening June 8, 2012 in Mogadishu's Hamar-jajab neighborhood.

Two unknown assailants armed with pistols shot him twice Mohamed Noor Mohamed better known as Mohamed Sharif below the heart which penetrated the back and the stomach on Friday evening June 8, 2012 around 7:30pm local time near Horn Cable Television office in Hamarjajab neighborhood as he was returning from work. The attackers fled the area immediately, according to witnesses.

Two journalists helped rush the wounded journalist to Madina Hospital, where he went under a successful surgery.

Union officials and member journalists came together to help in the recovery and treatment of Mohamed providing life-saving blood transfusion, he is now recovering in hospital having undergone surgery. On Saturday, he was transferred to AMISOM Hospital where he is recovering.

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) condemned the incident in the strongest terms possible and called for the Transitional Federal Government to urgently probe the incident and bring the criminals to justice. The NUSOJ has been actively engaged in helping its member journalists at difficult times.

"It was unfortunate incident that happens to our members every time and we must say we are lucky enough, our colleague survived from the assassination attempt," Abdirashid Abdulle Abikar, NUSOJ Treasurer and Press Freedom Coordinator and a veteran AFP Photographer who was leading the group of the member journalists told the news media in a press conference in Mogadishu on Saturday, "We hope our colleague a speedy recovery and urge the Transitional Federal Government to carry out urgent investigations into the incident and along other murders."

Radio Bar Kulan, which is an UN-funded radio station and one of the leading radio stations in Somalia with its journalists paid on the best standards in line with the international standards of employment besides their membership to the union, also condemned the incident in a statement released by the station.

"We at Radio Bar Kulan believe in peace for all Somalis. We are all appalled by this evil attack on one of our professional and most esteemed colleagues. Mohamed was a fearless journalist and we are not cowed. We are doing everything we can to help him and his family during this difficult time," Salah Osman Dirye, the senior news editor of Radio Bar Kulan, said "The world cannot ignore the campaign of assassinations that is being launched against Somali journalists. A vibrant media is the lifeblood of a strong and stable country, and must be protected."

The radio station was respected for its brave editorial line in highlighting the violent and tyrannical rule of the foreign-backed extremists.

So far this year six journalists and media workers were killed in Somalia in five months making one of the deadliest places for journalists and media workers to operate. <END>

Photo caption: Abdirashid Abdulle Abikar (Deyl), Union treasurer and press freedom coordinator (left), journalists and family members transfer the journalist from Madina Hospital where he went under a surgery to AMISOM Hospital in Halane on Saturday. Photo Credit: NUSOJ


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