Somali journalists afraid after 2nd death

2012-01-30 22:51

Mogadishu - Journalists in Mogadishu say they fear for their lives after a second journalist was killed in less than two months.

Journalist Mohamed Bashir Hashi's voice broke with emotion as he read a death threat sent to his mobile phone: "If God wills it, you will be the next apostate to be killed".

After gunmen killed Somali journalist Hassan Osman Abdi on Saturday, colleagues and friends feared attending his funeral, since militants in Somalia have targeted such gatherings in the past. Abdi was 29 years old and the director of the Shabelle radio station.

The militant group al-Shabaab appeared to claim responsibility for Osman's death, saying on its website that the killing would serve as a "lesson" to other journalists.

Al-Shabaab, which runs its own radio station, said Shabelle was an anti-Islamist station.

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