The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is horrified to learn that an armed man in military uniform of Transitional Federal Government (TFG) murdered a leading broadcast journalist, Abdisalan Sheik Hassan, today in Mogadishu.
The alleged killer who was armed with AK-47 shot Hassan, widely known Hiis, in the head in Hamar Jajab district at around 16:30 Mogadishu time. He was working for HornCable TV as Mogadishu stringer while he was also working for Radio Hamar as a newscaster for evening news.The journalist, who was shot after getting off his car at the gate of HornCable TV office, was rushed to Madina hospital where he was declared dead.

“We strongly condemn this atrocious killing of Abdisalan Sheik Hassan. This murder is a massive loss for journalists and media in Mogadishu, the most dangerous place for Somali journalists in their country,” said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ Secretary General.

NUSOJ was informed that slain journalist had feared for his life after receiving a string of death threats in recent weeks due to his reports. The motive behind Hassan’s killing remains unknown as fellow journalists rushed to the Madina hospital to visit the dead body of their colleague. Private Radio Stations stopped broadcasting all current programs for mourning and started airing well-known song with title “respect journalists”.

“This murder is fatal blow to media freedom. TFG authorities must roundly condemn Hassan’s killing, carry out a full investigation to identify and bring his killer to justice, and ensure other journalists and their organistions who face threats from TFG security forces and other authorities are given satisfactory protection for their security and freedom to do their work,” added Osman.

Abdisalan Sheik Hassan, 35, left 3 children and their mother. He is the 4th journalist killed in Mogadishu in this year. Hassan will be buried to tomorrow.

For further information, contact:
National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)
Taleex Street, KM4 Area, Hodan District,
Mogadishu, Somalia, tel/fax: +252 61 5889931

National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is a national union representing Somali journalists to promote and protect freedom of the press and the interests and rights of journalists. It is a member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), International Freedom of Expression exchange (IFEX), Federation of African Journalists (FAJ) and Eastern Africa Journalists Association (EAJA). NUSOJ is partner with Reporters without Borders (RWB).