The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today vigorously
condemned the killing of a young media worker in Mogadishu, the capital of
Somalia who was gunned down on Sunday by unidentified armed men.
According to National Union of Somali
Journalists (NUSOJ), an IFJ affiliate, Zakariye Mohamed Mohamud Moallima a
young cameraman working as freelance journalist, was shot dead on Sunday
evening 16 September 2012 in Nasib Bundo neighborhood of Shibis district in
“This is another hard blow against the
media workers’ community in Somalia. We urge the new government to stop the
killings targeting media in the country,” said Gabriel Baglo, Director IFJ
The victim was attacked by men armed with
pistols who shot him in the head and chest, according to family members.
Zakariye died on the spot and the killers escaped from the scene, eyewitnesses
“We mourn yet another colleague who is a
victim of bloody violence in the line of duty,” said Omar Faruk Osman, NUSOJ
Secretary-General. “Zakariye’s death is a tragedy for his family and colleagues
who over years have confronted danger in covering their communities and
Zakariye Mohamed Mohamud Moallim, the son
of veteran journalist Mohamed Mohamud Moallim (aka MM Moallim), is the ninth
media worker to be killed in Somalia since January this year.
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