Sunday, 27 October 2013
Somali Media Freedom Defender (SMFD) mourns for the death of the Somali journalist who was sustaining severe injuries at the Madina Hospital in Mogadishu on 26 October 2013 around 10:30pm.
Assailants shot more than 6 times at journalist, Mohamed Mohamoud “TImacade”, on 22 October 2013 near his home in Madina neighborhood.
Late, Mohamed Mohamoud worked for the Universal television, a privately owned Television station based in London.
SMFD sends its sincere sympathies and condolences to the Somali media fraternity, especially the families, friends and colleagues of late Mohamed Mohamoud Timacade.
SMFD calls for the Somali government to end the impunity and bring the killers to book.
“I send my sincere condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of late Timacade,” Mohamed Ibrahim, Secretary-General of the National Union of Somali Journalists, “The impunity is driving us crazy, we demand from the Somali government to end the impunity and bring the killers to book once and for all.”
Late Timacade becomes the seventh journalist killed in Somalia this year alone and left behind a wife and children.
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Mohamed Mohamud Timacade, a reporter with London-based Smali TV, was shot several times in the neck, chest and shoulder
Mohamed Mohamud Timacade, a reporter with London-based Somali-language Universal TV, was shot several times in the neck, chest and shoulder.
The attackers sprayed the reporter's car with bullets.
"The journalist was shot and seriously wounded... he has been rushed to hospital," said Mohamed Ilkayare, a police officer who was at the scene of the attack.
Timacade was taken to Mogadishu's Medina hospital, which specialises in trauma surgery.
"He was rushed into surgery with several gunshot wounds in the chest and neck," said Ayan Mohamed, a medical worker at the hospital.
Eighteen media professionals were killed in Somalia in 2012 -- the east African country's deadliest year on record, according to Reporters Without Borders (MSF) -- and more than 50 have been killed in the last six years.
At least six media workers have been killed this year.
Attacks on journalists are often blamed on Islamist Shebab fighters battling the internationally-backed government, but some are also believed to be linked to a settling of scores within the multiple factions in power.
Somalia's journalist union condemned the "heinous assassination attempt" and called for blood donations with the reporter due to undergo further rounds of surgery.
"We condemn this shocking attack... another direct attack against the free media in Somalia," union secretary-general Mohamed Ibrahim said in a statement, calling for an investigation to catch the attackers. – AFP
Sunday, 15 September 2013
Saturday, 17 August 2013
Mogadishu Somali technician working for the state run radio Mogadishu and SNTV was shot in Shibis, one of Mogadishu districts early morning on Saturday according to relatives.
Eng. Ahmed Sharif Hussein, a long time radio technician was shot by three men armed with pistols in front of his home in Shibis. He was shot four times at the chest, heart and stomach by a time when he departed his residence to his work place.
Sharif’s injuries were taken to Kaysaney hospital where unfortunately he has died a few minutes later
Radio Mogadishu’s director Abdirahim Isse Addow said that the men who shot the radio technician disgusted as school students and soon escaped from the crime scene.
He was well-known official in the Somali ministry information. The deceased previously worked with Hornafrik, Radio Bandair and other different media platforms in the world.
This assassination coincided half an hour later after Somali military court executed death penalty against nvicted of the killing against radio journalist late Hassan Yusuf Absuge who was assassinated on September 2012 in Mogadishu’s Yashiid district.
Somali Media Freedom Defender condemning the killing of late Sharif and sent condolence to all grieved family and relatives of Ahmed Sharif Hussein.
Somali all exiled journalists are kindly calling Somali Federal government to take investigation and bring perpetrators to justice soon.
Source:- Somali Media Freedom Defender
Sunday, 21 July 2013
His Excellency Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon emphasized today the government's “shakeable” commitment to press freedom and advised against a rush to judgement before the Media Law was sent to parliament.
“There has been a good deal of overexcited reporting about the Media Law in recent days, much of it ill-informed,” the Prime Minister said. “The suggestion that it was going to require journalists to be aged 40 or over, for example, owes more to fantasy fiction than accurate reporting. We need calm discussion and sensible consultations and this is how we are proceeding with a series of consultations with all interested stakeholders.”
The Prime Minister stressed that the Council of Ministers had only approved the Media Law subject to amendments being made by the Minister of Information Abdullahi Elmoge Hersi. Once those were incorporated the draft legislation would then be sent to parliament for further debate and consultation, giving additional scope for amendments.
The Prime Minister, together with the Minister of Information and his Deputy Minister Abdishakur Ali Mire, hosted an iftar dinner for Somali journalists on 18 July specifically so they could raise their issues and concerns regarding the draft Media Law.
Mohammed Ibrahim, Secretary-General of the National Union of Somali Journalists, thanked the Prime Minister for the opportunity to discuss these issues. He and a number of Somali journalists raised a number of issues, including protection of sources, the independence of the National Media Council, the Council’s powers, access to information and lifting the suspension of journalists if convicted.
“I am on record numerous times on the subject of defending press freedom and journalist's rights and my government's commitment to this is shakeable,” the Prime Minister said. “I would like to assure Somali journalists and the international community alike that there is plenty of time for further consultations on and amendments to the Media Law.
We are fully aware of concerns in this area and are determined to proceed on the basis of international best practice so that press freedom in Somalia is properly enshrined in law.”
Thursday, 18 July 2013
Mogadishu:- More than 50-journalists who work in different media plate forms have attended a meeting held today in Mogadishu the capital city of Somalia.
The journalists have discussed the recent media laws that was passed by the cabinet of Somali ministers .
In the course of their debate, most of of them opposed the government's laws which threats media freedom and democracy.
Somali journalists in particularly the the journalists who attended the meeting, conveyed their anxiety to the members of Somali parliament who also attended the meeting such as Dahir Amin Jeesow and Pro. Mohamed Omar Dalha and they pledged the journalists that they vote against the law and protect media rights in the country.
In history, the media in Somalia has gone through a number of stages. Under the military regime of Mohamed Siad Bare, the media was controlled completely by the government.
At that time, once a journalist finished their training they were handpicked to work for the government. Thus, if you did not have the backing of the regime, you had no chance in journalism. When the military government fell in 1991, private media emerged the print press and then electronic media, but unfortunately, the electronic media houses, which were mainly radio stations.
In 1999, the era of warlord dominated electronic media ended as new private radio stations emerged. Since then, there has also been the establishment of media houses in 2000.
Finally, Somali Media Freedom Defenders is kindly urging all Somali journalists wherever in the world to talk the federal government to widespread of a free and fair media in the country.