The International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ) regrets today, 28 Ocotber, the death of Somalian radio
journalist Mohamed Mohamud on 28 October. Mohamed Mohamud died from injuries he
suffered from a gunshot on 21 October. Seventeen journalists have been killed in Somalia this year.
Mohamed Mohamud, aka Turyare,
producer and Webmaster of Radio Shabelle was fatally wounded on 21 October in
an attack while walking back home in the Hawo Tako neighbourhood of Wadajir
distrinct in Mogadishu when two unidentified armed men fired at him. Three
bullets penetrated his stomach causing the journalist to immediately lose
Mohamud, a twenty-two year
old, was immediately admitted to Mogadishu's Madina hospital where the doctors
reported his condition as not life-threatening. On Saturday, however, Mohamud’s
condition suddenly deteriorated and measures were taken to transfer the young
journalist abroad for prolonged medical treatment. Sadly, Mohamud passed away
around 20 p.m. local time.
"It is extremely
deplorable that Mohamed Mohamud Turyare died from the gunshot wounds,” said
Omar Faruk Osman, National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) Secretary
General. "We reproach such an act whose primary intention was to eliminate
Mohamud and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his family and colleagues,"
continued Mr Faruk.
Mohamed Mohamud’s death
underscores the hostile environment journalists in Somalia operate.
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