is grieved by the Senseless Murder of Radio Journalist in Mogadishu.
Mogadishu, May 24, 2012
Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is outraged and grieved
by the increasing attacks against the journalists in Somalia,
following the brutal murder of Radio journalist in Mogadishu
on Thursday 24, may 2012, around 1:25 PM local time.
Four unknown assailants armed with pistols shot to death Ahmed
Addow Anshur, a producer and reporter for the Mogadishu based
Radio Shabelle. The journalist died instantly with bullets hit
on the head and the chest and the killers immediately escaped
from the scene according to the witnesses at market.
The incident took place near the home of the journalist at
Suuq (Market) Bo'le in Dharkenley District of Mogadishu, an
area controlled by the Transitional Federal Government (TFG).
It is not yet known the motive behind the killing. The body
of the victim has now taken to the family' house and laid there
until his burial is arranged.
This is the latest of string of attacks against journalists
and media workers meant to undermine the media freedom and the
freedom of expression, says NUSOJ.
"The death of Ahmed Addow Anshur is a great loss, a savage
and inhuman act. We strongly condemn this barbaric attack,"
says, Burhan Ahmed Dahir, the President of the Supreme Council
of NUSOJ. "On behalf of NUSOJ, I send my sincere condolences
to the bereaved families and friends of Mr. Anshur and ask Allah
to rest his soul in paradise".
"The mounting attacks against the media professionals
in Somalia are a source of dire concern. Journalists play a
vital role for informing, educating and preparing the community
to enable the society to take informed decisions. There can
be no political or religious reason for attacking these media
people," added Mr Dahir.
The National Union of Somali journalists (NUSOJ) calls on the
authority of Transitional Federal Government of Somalia to take
prompt and public to safeguard the journalists and thoroughly
investigate the crime to bring justice those responsible for
these murders to prevent
Late Ahmed Addow Anshur is the sixth journalist and media workers
murdered in Somalia in 2012 alone in the hands of the criminals
in Somalia. He survived a wife.
It is being planned to bury the body in this Wednesday afternoon
at Jazeera cemeteries in Southern suburbs of Mogadishu according
to the victim's family members.
In Somalia, where the violent attacks were raging over the
past two decades, journalists and the media houses were under
insistent attacks. A significant number of journalists where
killed, injures, arrested, as media houses were censored, suspended,
or physically raided as well.