Gunmen kill Somali public radio worker

2013-08-18 12:13

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Mogadishu - Two gunmen shot dead a technician employed at Somalia's state-run broadcaster Radio Mogadishu on Saturday, the sixth media professional killed in the country this year, officials and a colleague said.

"Two men armed with pistols shot Ahmed Sharif and escaped the scene. He was rushed to hospital but he died instantly," said colleague Mohamed Sacid.

Sharif was gunned down near his home in the capital Mogadishu just hours after Somalia publicly executed the only person to be convicted to date of killing a journalist in the country, ranked as one of the worst in the world for reporters.

Deputy Information Minister Abdishakur Ali Mire confirmed the death to reporters.

"We condemn the killing," he said. "He was an innocent man who did nothing wrong and we expect the law enforcement departments to bring those responsible to justice."

Watchdog group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called the security situation for media personnel in Somalia's cities "deplorable".

The country ranks 175th out of 179 countries in the group's 2013 Press Freedom Index.

Eighteen media professionals were killed in Somalia in 2012 - the country's deadliest year on record, according to Reporters Without Borders - and about 50 have been killed in the last six years.

Sharif's killing came on the same day that convicted murderer Adan Sheikh Abdi was executed by firing squad in a Mogadishu square for the September 2012 killing of well-known journalist Hassan Yusuf Absuge.

 

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